Jon Jones isn’t sure about UFC’s future and will take time off
Jon Jones is certain he will return to the UFC Octagon eventually at heavyweight, but it’s unclear exactly when that will happen.
In a recent question-and-answer session on Twitter, Jones was asked when and who he would fight against in the UFC next and gave a brief, but brutally honest answer to a fan.
“I really don’t know when I’ll fight next, but a time out after a decade of winning is a nice little change right now,” Jones said in a tweet.
Jones has certainly bought some time after his legendary run up to this point in the UFC. Since becoming the youngest UFC champion after defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. He defended his light heavyweight title eight times before dropping the belt after a tiny victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.
Since leaving the light heavyweight division, Jones has long been preparing for a heavyweight race and title challenge against newly crowned champion Francis Ngannou. Jones and UFC officials have been at odds over contract negotiations for him to step up in weight, and he remains on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. UFC President Dana White recently said that Derrick Lewis would get the next heavyweight title shot instead of an originally planned Jones title fight against Ngannou.
Jones has also reportedly turned down a fight with former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for his first hunk in a new division, and it looks like the future hall-of-famer will sit down and watch the next fight for the heavyweight title.
It’s been a top-down race in the UFC for Jones. Inside the octagon, he’s arguably the largest to do so. Other than that, it has had its share of drama which includes USADA suspensions and legal issues.
Despite the ongoing financial battles between the UFC and Jones, fans can still hope for a return to the Octagon. Whether or not that will happen this year remains to be seen, but we can expect fireworks when Jones takes the plunge into the most dangerous division of mixed martial arts.
What do you think of Jon Jones’ continued tension with the brass in the UFC? Who should be fighting Jones next?