Former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones Looking For Potential Matchups In Boxing World
Jon Jones recently received 15-months of suspension from The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a second failed drug test. The suspension will be retroactive to July 28, 2017, that means Jones will be eligible to return to Octagon by Oct. 28.
Ahead of his highly anticipated return, Jones says he wouldn’t only set his sight on fighters in his weight class but also exploring options in the boxing world.
UFC head honcho Dana White already said that despite Jones is clear to return this year; he expects former champ will lock horns by early 2019.
In a recent interview with RT Sport this week, Jones revealed at this stage of his career, he doesn’t have to prove anymore as he already created a legacy in UFC. Jones says fans want him to do something outside of ordinary and wants to take part in fights that will be big box office draw.
“I’m kind of in this space now where I feel like I don’t really have things to prove in the cage,”. “I just knocked out Daniel Cormier in my last fight, and some people consider him to be the best fighter that ever lived, so I don’t really feel like I have that much to prove, as far as being a light heavyweight champion and defending that belt.
“Right now my mindset is more about making money, even those big fights, you know, I watched Conor McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather, and it was high risk, high reward,” Jon Jones continued. “There’s a saying, ‘scared money don’t make money’. I gotta be brave when I get back in the game, and start challenging guys that I could possibly lose to, because that’s what people want to see.
“They want to see Jones versus Velasquez, they want to see Jones versus Ngannou, that’s what people want to see, and that’s where my mindset is – Jones versus Anthony Joshua, or Deontay Wilder, you know, that’s what people want to see.”
Now Jones is free to lock horn this year, and the question arise is with who. Top names that emerged are Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson, particularly with Jones’ desire to get back his UFC light heavyweight title, as well believes a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson isn’t that far away too.
“I’ve been hearing about the possibility that Alexander Gustafsson will be the first person I fight when I come back, which I’m excited about,” Jones said. “A lot of people feel like he beat me the first time we fought, which didn’t happen, it was close, but he didn’t beat me. So Alexander Gustafsson is a possible first fight back, I’d love to fight him again and take him seriously this time. The first time I fought him, I wasn’t living life the way a champion should be living life.
“I didn’t train very hard for that fight, I’m not making excuses, but this is just the truth, I could have given it a lot more effort, I got fatigued after the first two rounds, which is something that never normally happens in my fights, so I feel like the next time I fight him, I will finish him.”
Who do you think Jon Jones should square off upon his return? Does a showdown with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder interests you?