After a long layoff, Jon Jones is expected to return to the UFC for a heavyweight debut in 2022. Jones (26-1-0 1 NC 21-1-0, 1 NC UFC) last defended his light heavyweight title at UFC 247 in Feb. 2020. Six months later he chose to vacate the title with the goal of moving up to the UFC’s heavyweight division. Nearly a year and a half later, the world is still waiting but MMA may not have to wait much longer.
Jon Jones Studying Opponents for Heavyweight Debut
Doing The Homework
With Francis Ngannou set to defend his heavyweight title against current interim champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, it appears that Jones has his eye on facing the winner later this year.
"I spent the last few days locked inside my office studying myself and possible future opponents. I’m excited to figure out my next opponent so I can start focusing [sic] in my energy even more. This is my favorite kind of homework," Jones wrote on Instagram.
Jones has given some indication on when he would like to return: "I’m looking to fight somewhere in April, possibly Madison Square Garden, or a total opposite date, possibly July at International Fight Week," Jones said to KRQE. "Those are the two dates that I’m kind of eying. I think it’ll depend on who wins in January between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, and we’ll just take it from there."
Jones recently found himself in legal trouble when he was arrested for domestic violence in September, the same weekend he appeared at the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony. Despite the legal issues, Jones has stayed committed to properly conditioning himself for a heavyweight run.
With a new gym and a timeline in place, it’s finally starting to feel like ‘Bones’ is on his way back to the Octagon. Do you see him stepping into the cage in 2022?
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