Laura Sanko Discusses Jon Jones Potentially Returning in 2023: “It’s Gonna Be Really Difficult for People”

Laura Sanko Believes Jon Jones Taking His Time During Heavyweight Transition Could Pay Dividends.

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Laura Sanko (Left) and Jon Jones (Right)(via Instagram)

Laura Sanko recently took some time to discuss Jon Jones’ UFC return with Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell of Morning Kombat

‘Bones’ last fought in a controversial unanimous decision against Dominick Reyes in February 2020. Since then, the former UFC light heavyweight has been transforming his body for a move to the heavyweight division, which he has been passionate about over the last decade. UFC commentator and interviewer Sanko had this to say about Jones while appearing on Morning Kombat’s Room Service Diaries:

“I think that his skill set was extraordinary at light heavyweight, and I think that it’s been such a long process. I would have been more worried about him rushing to heavyweight. I feel like he’s been sitting in this heavyweight body for a while now. The dynamism of his striking at light heavyweight, bring that into the heavyweight setting, and I feel like it’s gonna be really difficult for people.”

Jones is aiming for his long-awaited heavyweight debut in 2023. That said, rumors about ‘Bones’ fighting in 2022 continued circulating. The MMA community has shown concerns about the former light heavyweight champion ever moving to heavyweight after potential 2022 matchups fell through for one reason or another. 

Watch Laura Sanko discuss Jon Jones with Brian Campbell and Luke Thomas below:

Laura Sanko discusses the narrative of Jon Jones’ allegedly declining as a fighter at light heavyweight 

Jon Jones hasn’t lost since his disqualification against Matt Hamill in 2009. Yet, some MMA fans argue that ‘Bones’ should have lost his last two fights against Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes. Although he beat Santos by a split decision, more people seemed to believe Reyes won at UFC 247, despite the unanimous decision. 

During the same episode of Room Service Diaries, Luke Thomas presented Laura Sanko with a narrative that Jones was relatively declining at the end of his light heavyweight run. Sanko responded by saying:

“I think for him, it has always been about stuff outside of the Octagon. I really do. I think to some degree, you’re naturally gonna have some competitors that learn how to fight you better. Over time, people are going to get smarter about how they approach a Jon Jones fight…I think we saw Dominick Reyes at the peak really understanding how to get past that forcefield that he puts up. Thiago Santos is another. I think part of it is people figuring Jon [Jones] out a little bit, but I really attribute most of it to him not being fully dialed in. 

Jones has two potential opponents for his heavyweight debut. The first is Stipe Miocic, who is arguably the division’s GOAT. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be rushing back to fight ‘Bones’. Secondly, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is a clear option.

 ‘The Predator’ would love to fight the former light heavyweight champion. Unfortunately, he’s been in a contract dispute with the UFC and wants more money before fighting again. If Jones ends up fighting Miocic or Ngannou in 2023, the matchup has potential to be the most anticipated fight of the year.

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