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    Getty Commentator Joe Rogan speaks with Jon Jones during the UFC 214 weigh-in. UFC sensation Jon Jones has praised Glover Teixeira for being his only opponent to continue being successful after fighting him. Jones has remained out of action since his last outing against Dominick Reyes in Feb. 2020. Widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, he has been on the sidelines in preparation for his move up to heavyweight. Being the youngest champion in UFC history, the former light heavyweight king ruled the division for nearly a decade, from 2011 through 2020. “Bones” looked dominant in his run at the top. Many of his opponents do not look the same after sharing the cage with him. Reyes, his latest competitor, lost steam following the loss to Jones and got finished in each of his next two bouts against the reigning 205 lb champion Jiri Prochazka and former division title holder Jan Blachowicz. Thiago Santos, Jones’ previous opponent, came the closest to beating him. He’s the only fighter to officially have a judge score...
    Getty Jon Jones Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is nearing his Octagon return, but he’s unsure if it’ll happen in November. And “Bones” also doesn’t know if he’ll take on current champion Francis Ngannou or ex-king Stipe Miocic. That’s what he wrote in a tweet on August 5. “I’ve been hearing whispers about November but honestly I have no clue,” Bones tweeted. “Been hearing that Francis could possibly be back on the table though.” The promotion will likely head back to Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12 for UFC 281, and a heavyweight bout featuring Bones appears to be what the UFC is pursuing. For months, Jones and Miocic have been linked for a late-2022 clash as Ngannou sits on the sideline and recovers from knee surgery. UFC president Dana White spoke with Jim Rome in June about Jones’ Octagon comeback, and he confirmed that the former 205-pound king was “ready to go,” and that the promotion was waiting to learn more information about Ngannou’s recovery timeline. “Jon Jones is ready to...
    Getty Jon Jones looks on prior to his UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against Thiago Santos. Ex-UFC champion Henry Cejudo revealed the real reason why Jon Jones hasn’t been able to make his comeback. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jones ruled the octagon during his reign at the top. He’s widely considered to be the best mixed martial artist of all time and has essentially gone unbeaten with the only blemish on his record coming by way of disqualification, a ruling that company president Dana White tried to overturn but failed. Cejudo, a former two-division king, has been gearing for his return to action after announcing his retirement from the sport following his last outing against Dominick Cruz in May 2020. During his time off from competition, “Triple C” managed to stay relevant through an expanded presence on social media. He has been coaching other athletes, including Jones who joined forces with Cejudo at Fight Ready in Scottsdale, Arizona last November. In a recent video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Cejudo pinned the blame on Miocic for the...
    Getty Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247. UFC superstar Jon Jones has fired shots right back at heavyweight Curtis Blaydes for his take on how Jones would fare in a potential showdown with Stipe Miocic. Former light heavyweight champion Jones has remained on the sidelines for over two years since his last outing against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in Feb. 2020. He’s been looking to move up a weight class and has been linked to a potential bout with former heavyweight king Miocic. Ahead of his upcoming fight with Tom Aspinall this Saturday at UFC London, the number fourth-ranked contender Blaydes gave his breakdown of a contest between Jones and Miocic. In a recent appearance on “The Fighter vs. The Writer,” he backed Miocic to defeat Jones: “Jon, he hasn’t shown that one-punch knockout power,” Blaydes explained. “He brings a lot to the table, but the biggest thing he doesn’t have is the power. I think that’s always the equalizer.” “I would pick Stipe to...
    Getty Daniel Cormier Former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier still isn’t happy with Jon Jones failing multiple drug tests during their rivalry. Cormier was recently a guest on “The Pivot Podcast” and he spoke about his experience with Jones. “DC” and Jones fought twice in the promotion’s light heavyweight division. They first met in 2015 at UFC 182 when “Bones” was the 205-pound king and Cormier boasted an undefeated 15-0 professional MMA record. Jones won the bout via unanimous decision but was subsequently stripped of the title after violating the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy for a hit-and-run incident to which he pled guilty later that year. They rematched in 2017 at UFC 214 when DC was the light heavyweight champion, and Bones took out Cormier with a third-round head kick and follow-up punches. However, the fight was overturned to a no-contest after Jones tested positive for turinabol, a performance-enhancing drug. He had also failed a pre-fight drug test for cocaine for the UFC 182 bout and in 2016, Bones popped for clomiphene, an estrogen blocker. While...
    Getty Jon Jones Current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou backed his friend, 185-pound king Israel Adesanya, after Jon Jones ripped him in a recent tweet. “Bones'” tweet came after Adesanya successfully notched his fifth middleweight title defense by defeating Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision at UFC 276 on Saturday night. For his next opponent, “The Last Stylebender” will likely meet Alex Pereira, the man who’s beaten him twice in kickboxing and once by KO. Pereira fought during the July 2 main card as well, and he earned a ruthless knockout over top-four middleweight Sean Strickland. Jones, who has a longstanding rivalry with Adesanya, took to Twitter last night, writing: “Bro I just went back and watched Alex P fight!! Yeah I’m riding with him all day. He made it look way too easy. Really hard to believe he was unranked before this fight.” The former UFC light heavyweight champion then took aim at Adesanya. The Last Stylebender showed up in Las Vegas with French tip nails and after he had his hand raised, he referred to the movie...
    Getty Jon Jones Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shared choice words on Twitter after Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira’s victories Saturday night. Both combatants fought at UFC 276 on June 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Adesanya, the UFC’s reigning middleweight king, headlined the event against Jared Cannonier and won the match via unanimous decision. Earlier on the main card, Pereira earned the biggest win of his MMA career when he knocked out No. 4-ranked middleweight Sean Strickland in the first round. Considering “Poatan” has fought and beaten Adesanya twice in kickboxing, which includes a KO win in 2017, the Brazilian will likely be next up for “The Last Stylebender.” After the night of fights, “Bones” tweeted how impressed he was with Pereira’s starching of Strickland. “Bro I just went back and watched Alex P fight!!” Jones tweeted. “Yeah I’m riding with him all day. He made it look way too easy. Really hard to believe he was unranked before this fight.”Jones Ripped Adesanya for His ‘Fingernails’ & ‘Frozen’ ReferenceThen, Jones took aim...
    Getty Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Signs are pointing to a UFC clash between former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and ex-light heavyweight king Jon Jones, and Henry Cejudo thinks it’s “easy money” for the latter. UFC president Dana White recently indicated to TMZ that he hopes to see “Bones” return to action this summer, and it “makes sense” that he fights Miocic. And according to MMA Junkie, sources have told the outlet that the UFC has already offered Miocic an interim title fight against Jones for UFC 276 on July 2, as part of the promotion’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. During a recent episode of Cejudo’s “The Triple C & Schmo Show,” the former two-division champion gave his take on Jones versus Miocic. In short, he’s picking Jones to win. He sees this fight as a more manageable task for Jones’ heavyweight debut compared to fighting champion Francis Ngannou. “I love this fight for Jon just because everything that Stipe has, Jon is better at,” Cejudo said via MMA Junkie. “If he was fighting...
    Getty Jon Jones Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones could receive a shot at interim heavyweight gold, according to UFC president Dana White. “Bones” vacated his 205-pound title in August 2020, announcing his move to the heavyweight division. Fast forward over a year and a half and Jones still hasn’t made his debut. But, Bones has said on several occasions that he fully intends on fighting this year. And if that’s the case, he could walk right into an interim title fight. Undisputed champion Francis Ngannou is currently sidelined with a knee injury and he’s expected to be out for the foreseeable future. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness The UFC president was recently asked by ESPN about Jones potentially fighting for the interim strap during “The Predator’s” absence. “I haven’t thought about it at all, but yeah, it sounds like something we would do,” White said via MMA Junkie. The UFC president continued, “Not until we know what Francis is gonna do or what’s gonna...
    Getty Jon Jones and Conor McGregor Even though Conor McGregor is the most popular, and perhaps wealthiest, MMA fighter alive, his fighting future is unclear from a competitive standpoint. “Notorious” was the first-ever UFC fighter to become a simultaneous two-belt holder, winning bother the lightweight and featherweight titles. However, he’s 1-3 in MMA since securing the 155-pound belt at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor is currently on an 0-2 skid courtesy of Dustin Poirier and coupled with that, he’s recovering from a broken leg he sustained during their trilogy fight at UFC 264 in July 2021. The Irishman hopes to get back to training by April 2022, and take a fight soon after that. And one person who believes that Notorious can find glory inside the Octagon again is former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. On December 4, 2021, a fight fan on Twitter asked “Bones” if he believes McGregor can become a UFC champion after his leg heals. “Do you believe conor can come back to becoming a champion again after his injury?” Jones was...
    Getty Israel Adesanya avoids Yoel Romero at UFC 248. Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya would have been “grounded and pounded to death” if he fought a former champion at light heavyweight. A major storyline in the MMA community in early 2021 was “The Last Stylebender’s” move up to 205 pounds to challenge then-champion Jan Blachowicz for the belt. Adesanya, who held an undefeated 20-0 professional MMA record, was poised to become a simultaneous two-division champion. And while Adesanya was preparing for the bout, there was a lot of chatter about Adesanya fighting former 205-pound king Jon Jones after the Blachowicz contest. Both combatants were actively throwing shots at each other on social media, with both showing interest in the showdown. GettyIsrael Adesanya celebrates his win over Derek Brunson and Jon Jones celebrates his second win over Daniel Cormier. However, Blachowicz played spoiler to the superfight, defeating The Last Stylebender by unanimous decision at UFC 259 in March 2021 and sending Adesanya back down to middleweight. The hype behind “Bones” vs. Adesanya died and there hasn’t...
    Getty Jon Jones looks on prior to his UFC light heavyweight title bout against Thiago Santos at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has one loss on his record, he’s never truly tasted defeat. His lone loss came by disqualification when he landed illegal elbow strikes to Matt Hamill during “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” finale in 2009. It was a fight Jones was utterly dominating and he was likely moments away from scoring a TKO victory. If he had chosen to use different strikes besides the 12-6 elbows, there’s a strong possibility he’d still be undefeated. After the loss, “Bones” continued to tear through the division, going on to become the promotion’s 205-pound champion where he reigned for years. But now at 34 years old, Bones has left the light heavyweight division and is currently preparing for his heavyweight debut. He plans to fight next year and will likely challenge for the belt in his first match. Well, according to Jones’ longtime rival, former two-division UFC...
    Getty Jon Jones takes questions during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino to address being pulled from his light heavyweight title fight at UFC 200 against Daniel Cormier due to a potential violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy on July 7, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has taken another blow, weeks after he was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada. As many fight fans know, “Bones” was accused of pulling his fiancée’s hair and headbutting a police car on Friday, September 24, 2021. He faces two charges, injuring or tampering with a vehicle, a felony, and misdemeanor battery domestic violence. Jones recently took to Twitter and denied that he had hit his fiancée, Jesse Moses. “I love how people are imagining the worst possible situation in their heads and making it somehow factual,” Jones wrote via MMA Fighting in a now-deleted tweet. “I never hit my fiancé [sic] and our daughters were woken up after our confrontation. My daughters didn’t see or hear us arguing. “That’s really the only...
    Getty Jon Jones cries as he speaks during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino to address being pulled from his light heavyweight title fight at UFC 200 against Daniel Cormier due to a potential violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy on July 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is no longer on top of the men’s pound-for-pound rankings, dropping to the No. 2 spot days after his arrest in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Friday, September 24, 2021, “Bones” was arrested and charged “with misdemeanor battery domestic violence and injuring or tampering with a vehicle,” according to a report from ESPN. Little details have been shared about what Jones has been accused about. And on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the official UFC rankings updated with a new king of the pound-for-pound list, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Also, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski rose to No. 3, dropping middleweight king Israel Adesanya to No. 4. Here are the rankings below: 1. Kamaru Usman 2. Jon Jones 3. Alexander Volkanovski...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA is a 100 per cent sure that he will get in the ring with Jon Jones at some point. Adesanya claims he's up for the fight but it's his bitter rival who's slowing down the process by taking too long to join him in the heavyweight division. 3Adesanya is confident he will fight Jones at some pointCredit: Getty 3But he's also doubtful that Jones will take the step to meet him in the heavyweight divisionCredit: Getty The 32-year-old took the step within three years of joining the UFC and is still waiting for Jones to do the same. When asked about the possibility of their highly anticipated bout on MMA Weekly and reported by BJPENN, Jones said: "I see it. I see it 100 per cent. "We’ll fight one day. I don’t know where or how it’s going to happen. I just have an idea of what’s going to happen. "But yeah, see if he moves up in weight first." However, the Nigerian native is doubtful that Jones has the balls to become heavyweight. He thinks...
    UFC president Dana White has confirmed Jon Jones will NOT return to the octagon this year. The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion hasn't set foot inside the cage since his controversial UFC 247 victory over Dominick Reyes last February. 3UFC chief Dana White has confirmed Jon Jones will not fight this yearCredit: Getty 3Jones hasn't fought since his UFC 247 war with Dominick ReyesCredit: Getty Jones' absence has from the cage has been down to an ongoing pay row with the promotion, who aren't willing to meet his demands for his long-awaited heavyweight debut. MMA fans were hoping to see the pound-for-pound king compete this year, but White said: “He’s not fighting till next year. “It’s 2021. He’s not fighting until [2022]. I’m not even thinking about him until ’22.” White recently revealed former heavyweight king Stipe Miocic had been offered and accepted a showdown with the future hall-of-famer. But with Jones on the sidelines until next year, the future is now unclear for Miocic. When asked what's next for the former champion, White admitted: “I don’t know. “The beautiful thing...
    Getty Could Jon Jones face the winner of UFC 265 next? Jon Jones wants to become the UFC’s next heavyweight champion, and the perfect opponent just revealed himself at UFC 265 on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. Cyril Gane defeated Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 265 to become the interim heavyweight champion, and now the new champ would make the best opponent for Jones. While UFC president Dana White has repeatedly said the winner of UFC 265 would get the next crack at UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, the UFC boss also recently stated that Jones could basically pick who he wants to fight next at heavyweight. Whether that’s Ngannou sometime in 2022, former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, or the new interim champion crowned at UFC 265, the UFC is ready for Jones to come back to its ranks and compete. All Jones needs is the right dance partner and the right amount of cash. At least half of that is solved after UFC 265. Lewis / Gane is the perfect fight...
    Getty Jon Jones is the best fighter in the world anymore according to a popular legend. UFC superstar Jon Jones is still listed at the top of the UFC’s official pound-for-pound list, but at least one of his main rivals to the label of being the best MMA fighter of all-time believes Jones has recently been surpassed. Like Jones, retired UFC star Georges St-Pierre is one of the most decorated fighters in history. Unlike Jones, “GSP” doesn’t have “Bones” listed at the top of his personal pound-for-pound list. “I think [Kamaru] Usman, right now, is the best pound-for-pound,” St-Pierre told Bleacher Report. “In terms of performance, I think he’s one of the best right now and he’s an active competitor.” So GSP believes Usman deserves the top spot over Jones. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KAMARU USMAN (@usman84kg) St-Pierre’s Reasoning Seems Based on ActivityUsman, 34, is arguably the most dominant UFC welterweight champion since St-Pierre. But it’s St-Pierre’s reasoning about him being an active competitor is the thing that sticks out most about...
    Getty Georges St-Pierre just sided against Dana White on an important issue. Retired UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre laid out the perfect plan for Jon Jones to follow during a recent podcast appearance, but there are only two problems with it. It’s the same plan Jones already seems to be following, and it’s the one UFC president Dana White definitely does not support. Speaking on “Steve-O’s Wild Ride” podcast, St-Pierre presented his vision of Jones’ future. “I think Jon should fight the champion, not Stipe [Miocic]. I think he should fight Francis Ngannou…I believe, if I’m Jon Jones – when we talk about this, we talk about it like a chess game because these are big important decisions that you make. Fighting, there’s always a question. Because you think you beat one guy doesn’t mean that even if the odds favor you, doesn’t mean you’re always gonna win. I think it would be a mistake for Jon Jones to fight Stipe,” St-Pierre said per MMA Fighting. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Georges St-Pierre (@georgesstpierre)...
    Getty UFC Star Jon Jones was trolled by one of his former teammates. UFC superstar Jon Jones has been out of action since defeating Dominick Reyes by decision at UFC 247 back in February 2020, but at least one prominent UFC star with former ties to Jones believes the 33-year-old American is finished fighting for good, at least at the elite level of the sport atop the UFC. Former UFC welterweight interim champion Colby Covington took time out of his busy schedule recently to troll his former teammate from Iowa Central Community College on the latest the “MMA Roasted” podcast. Covington said per MMA Mania, “No, he’s not fighting at heavyweight, man. He’s done, he doesn’t have the right scientist, the right juice to do it anymore. He knows he’s done. He’s trying to get one more cash grab and hope that it’s so much money that he never has to do anything but I don’t think he’s ever fighting again. I just don’t see it.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by colbycovington (@colbycovmma) Covington’s...
    Getty Jon Jones walks to his corner in between rounds against Dominick Reyes in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. History was made during ONE Championship: Dangal when Arjan Singh Bhullar became the first-ever fighter of Indian descent to win a major MMA championship. Bhullar dethroned inaugural ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera by second-round TKO during the main event which was televised in the United States on May 15, 2021. With the win, Bhullar improved his professional MMA record to 11-1. In a recent interview with Heavy’s Stephen McCaugherty, they covered his fight with Vera, what’s next, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and much more. Bhullar has dreams of becoming ONE’s light heavyweight champion, and more immediately, a professional wrestling star. Watch their full conversation below: Arjan Bhullar on Becoming ONE Heavyweight Champ, Jon Jones, Justin Trudeau & MoreHeavy.com's Stephen McCaugherty recently spoke with ONE Championship heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar. Bhullar won the title a few weeks back when he dethroned Brandon Vera at ONE...
    UFC President on Jon Jones situation: ‘We’re Moving On’ Daniel Cunningham May 21, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe UFC doesn’t have Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) in their plans anytime soon. The former light heavyweight champion and all time great has been in a public spat with the promotion about his pay. Jones was seeking a bump in his pay to move up and fight the UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (16-3). The fight with Jones and Ngannou is the biggest fight the promotion can make outside of a fight that features Conor McGregor. Ngannou became the heavyweight champion at UFC 260 when he knocked out Stipe Miocic (20-4). For the months leading up to that event, it was understood that Jon Jones would be fighting the winner. However, immediately after the fight was over, Jones started requesting a bump in his pay. While the numbers are not publicly known, it’s obvious that the gap between Jones and the UFC is wide. White has been vocal in that Derrick Lewis (25-7, 1 NC) would...
    NEWLY-CROWNED UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou wants his first title defence to be a blockbuster showdown with Jon Jones. Ngannou was called out by the former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion moments after he ripped the 265lb strap from Stipe Miocic's clutches at UFC 260. 6Francis Ngannou (L) ended Stipe Miocic's reign as heavyweight champion last monthCredit: Getty 6And The Predator is desperate for his first title defence to be against MMA legend Jon JonesCredit: Getty But an ongoing pay dispute between Jones and the UFC brass is currently preventing the mega-money fight from coming to fruition. Cameroon's Ngannou is eager for the fight to materialise, saying during an appearance on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson: "That would definitely be the No.1 fight, Jon Jones. "Jon Jones definitely. But at this point, we don't know what's going to happen." Jones, 33, wants a payday north of £7.3million ($10m) to lock horns with the UFC's first African heavyweight champion. Ngannou, 34, reckons the American is deserving a big cheque, adding: "I mean there's nothing wrong with that. "Everybody in this position would like to...
    JON JONES looked in top shape as he worked out and wrestled in preparation for a potential UFC heavyweight championship fight. A showdown with Francis Ngannou is on the American's mind while he thrashes out a pay battle with Dana White. 4Jon Jones worked out on a treadmill in a post for his fans on Thursday 4The UFC star is gearing up for a move to heavyweightCredit: instagram jonnybones pic.twitter.com/JyBbdz2q6s— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 8, 2021 On Thursday, the 33-year-old posted a number of snaps from his gym. He appeared well set for a step up to heavyweight and even took part in a drill for his 'first love' of wrestling. Jones also credited powerlifter Stan Efferding with taking his training up a notch. He wrote: "Stan Efferding came out of nowhere and set Team Jones on fire. "I honestly feel like this was God‘s plan ????????. I’m so happy and totally committed. Feel like I’m becoming a better man." Fans are eagerly awaiting news of Bones' bout with Ngannou. CASINO SIGN UP OFFER: CLAIM UP TO £800 IN CASINO...
    NEWLY-CROWNED UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has gatecrashed SunSport's pound-for-pound rankings following his spectacular victory over Stipe Miocic. The Cameroonian-born Frenchman ripped the 265lb belt from Miocic's clutches last month with a brutal second-round knockout victory at UFC 260. 9SunSport's latest pound-for-pound UFC rankings 9Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight title with a stunning victory over Stipe MiocicCredit: Reuters Ngannou's stunning victory has seen him enter SunSport's pound-for-pound list at No.5, while Miocic has dropped to No.7. Former light-heavyweight king Jon Jones is still at the summit of our rankings, despite being on the sidelines for over a year. Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, meanwhile, has dropped to No.4 following his defeat to Jan Blachowicz - who has moved up to No.6 Former simultaneous two-division champion Conor McGregor, the first in the promotion's history, remains out of SunSport's top ten. Check out our pound-for-pound UFC rankings below. CASINO SIGN UP OFFER: CLAIM UP TO £800 IN CASINO BONUS CASH 9 10: Dustin Poirier The pride of Lafayette, Louisiana remains at No.10 in our list following his stunning UFC 257 stoppage victory...
    The UFC heavyweight division is in the news for all the right reasons. There were times in the not-so-distant past that people were complaining about a top-heavy lineup in which the rest of the fighters didn’t provide enough competition. However, with J0n Jones’s move up to heavyweight and Derrick Lewis’s form, new champion Francis Ngannou has a lot to worry about. Ngannou defeated the heavyweight goat and the former champion Stipe Miocic in a second-round knockout victory that caught everyone’s eyes around the world. It certainly turned heads in Jon Jones’s camp as he is quite possibly the next fighter in line for a fight against ‘The Predator.’ Jon Jones’ coach, Mike Winkeljohn, talked to Submission Radio about the recent developments in the former light heavyweight champion’s new division. The reporter asked him about the one defining aspect that has turned Francis Ngannou from a knockout artist to the heavyweight champion of the world. Mike responded by talking about Ngannou’s strength. “You kind of nailed it. What I think is most improved about Francis is his patience because...
    The UFC to send Jon Jones offer to fight Francis Ngannou this week By: Daniel Cunningham March 28, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditLast night at UFC 260, Francis Ngannou (16-3) became the heavyweight champion of the world. To do that, he knocked out the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history, Stipe Miocic (20-4). Ngannou showed incredible improvement and poise as he knocked out the former champion in the second round. After the fight was over, immediately people started talking about the potential matchup with Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC). Jones is widely considered to be the greatest fighter of all time. He’s currently been transforming his body as he prepares for the heavyweight division. It’s been understood for weeks that Jones would take on the winner. However, Dana White through some cloudiness into that last night. White suggested that the UFC could pivot to a fight with Derrick Lewis. Lewis is considered to be the top contender that sits in the heavyweight division. Of course, this didn’t sit well with Jones. The UFC President...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Francis Ngannou’s UFC heavyweight title belt was barely fastened around his waist when he began thinking about the fearsome foe already plotting to take it away from him. Whether it happens this summer or shortly afterward, Ngannou knows he’ll be seeing Jon Jones in the cage very soon — and the new champion welcomes the showdown. “Well, I think Jon Jones makes more sense for me,” Ngannou said. “But either way, I’m going to fight.” A second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 on Saturday night was the culmination of Ngannou’s remarkable path from poverty in Cameroon to international sports stardom. But the 34-year-old veteran has been around this game long enough to know his next fight is always more important, and Jones looms directly ahead. “In my opinion, Jon Jones is the greatest of all time in mixed martial arts,” Ngannou said. “Him moving up is going to be a challenge I will take. … But I am the champ. He is coming up and looking for me. I am ready any time...
    UFC: Derrick Lewis could be next for Francis Ngannou instead of Jon Jones By: Daniel Cunningham March 28, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditLast night at UFC 260, Francis Ngannou (16-3) shook up the combat sports world. The Predator took on the greatest heavyweight champion in the history of the promotion, Stipe Miocic (20-4) for the second time. When the two men first fought back at UFC 220, Miocic was able to dominate his way to a decision victory. Last night played out much differently and we saw a completely different version of Francis Ngannou. In their first fight, Ngannou was extremely wild, had no takedown defense, and fatigued quickly. Last night at UFC 260, Ngannou showed incredible takedown defense, he was extremely poised and didn’t look remotely tired after the first round. In the second round, Ngannou came on strong and dropped Miocic. Miocic landed a big counter right that gave him a false sense of security and he rushed after Ngannou. That’s when the Predator landed a short left that put Miocic out...
    Getty Francis Ngannou & Jon Jones There is a new heavyweight king in the UFC. No. 1 ranked Francis Ngannou stepped inside the Octagon on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 260 to right a wrong. In a rematch three years in the making, “The Predator” once against challenged heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic for the title. In their first fight, which took place in January 2018, Miocic was able to control most of the fight, utilizing his grappling and winning a dominant unanimous decision. The fight on March 27 was entirely different. Ngannou came out in the first round, staying composed and landing powerful shots on the champion. In the second round, The Predator shut the heavyweight GOAT’s light off, winning via second-round KO. At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that for Ngannou’s first title defense, he will fight former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should “Bones” want it. See how Jones, as well as other UFC stars, reacted to Ngannou’s win: The latest UFC news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to...
    Getty UFC superstar Jon Jones revealed to Heavy in an exclusive interview in December 2020 exactly what was driving him toward becoming the UFC’s next heavyweight champion. Jones, 33, said his faith in a higher power was the primary force behind him wanting to move up to the heavyweight ranks in 2021. “It’s like, as a Christian, if you truly have faith in God and truly have faith in his ability that he’s blessing you with the talents he’s bestowed upon your life, you shouldn’t doubt him. You shouldn’t doubt yourself. You have to truly believe that no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and it’s an insult to not go for the highest peak on the mountain,” Jones said. For Jones, the top of that mountain is becoming the UFC’s heavyweight champion. That’s about the only way up from where Jones has been in the UFC after being the top fighter in the light heavyweight division for over a decade. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) Presumably, Jones will have...
    Getty Clockwise: Israel Adesanya, Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen and Daniel Cormier. On Thursday, a fan asked former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to choose who he’d rather fight, kill or befriend, picking between some of his biggest UFC rivals. The three options for Jones were current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier and three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen. “Bones” has fought DC twice, Sonnen once, and has gone back and forth on social media with Adesanya for the past year. At UFC 159, Jones made his fifth title defense, finishing Sonnen in the first round via TKO. Although they were cordial going into the fight, their relationship has decayed over the years, with “The American Gangster” and Bones both taking shots at each other occasionally using their platforms. In one of the greatest rivalries in UFC history, Jones fought Cormier twice, first defeating him via unanimous decision at UFC 182 for his eighth title defense. They rematched when Cormier was the 205-pound champion at UFC 214 and Bones knocked...
    Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is currently preparing for his move up to the heavyweight division of the UFC. ‘Bones’ is getting his frame right for his new division and is bulking up in the process. He has been sharing footage of him doing some heavy lifting for some time now. Also, his sparring videos are interesting too as the former champion is adjusting his movements according to his new weight. Movement is one of the key aspects of Jones’s game and is expected to be among his main tools in his new division. He recently shared another video of him sparring and mentioned the drop in his weight due to cardio. ‘Bones’ wrote, “More cardio means more food, back down to 245.” ‘Bones’ looks extremely fluid and resembles the fighter he was at light heavyweight. And fans are buzzing in anticipation to see him in action once he makes his debut in the new division after almost a year of inactivity. How will Jon Jones fare at the heavyweight division? Jones will present something unique in terms of...
    Getty Current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s campaign up to light heavyweight was not a success, however he isn’t done fighting heavier men. “The Last Stylebender” competed against light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz for the 205-pound belt at UFC 259 earlier this month. The first three rounds were very close, but Blachowicz found success in the championship rounds with his grappling and won the fight via unanimous decision. In his first interview since his loss to Blachowicz, Adesanya spoke with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani this week. He confirmed his willingness to still compete north of middleweight in the future, and specifically against Jon Jones. Adesanya and Jones have verbally sparred back and forth on social media throughout the year while challenging each other to fight. And although he lost to Blachowicz, Adesanya is not done with Jones. Israel Adesanya has no regrets after Jan Blachowicz loss, wants Darren Till next | ESPN MMAUFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya returns to Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show look to back at his first career MMA loss vs. Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 and...
    Jon Jones dominated the 205lbs division of the UFC for over a decade. However, one might argue that his last few performances were a bit rusty, especially considering the sky-high standards he has set for himself previously. Subsequently, the former light-heavyweight champion vacated his 205lbs belt in 2020 as he wanted fresher and bigger challenges in his career to stay motivated. ‘Bones’ believes a move to the heavyweight division presents him with that chance. Hence, he is biding his time and building his frame for a much-anticipated move to the heavyweight division of the UFC where he hopes to become a champion. HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) ‘Bones’ took to Instagram recently to reveal he is certain about capturing the heavyweight title soon. He referred to the current champion, Stipe Miocic’s age, to show why he has time on his side in his...
    Jon Hamm and more stars turning 50 in 2021 America’s Favorite Lockdown Hobbies and How Much They Cost Jon Jones is confident the journey that lies ahead will end with him winning UFC gold in a second weight class. © File photo Feb 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) reacts after his fight Dominick Reyes (not pictured) during UFC 247 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Jones (20-1 MMA, 26-1 UFC), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, took to Twitter on Wednesday and expressed faith in his future at heavyweight. As followers of the sport await his highly anticipated debut, Jones is in no rush to get where he’s going. “I’m finally at a point where I can see (there will be no competition in the GOAT conversation) as clear as day, I acknowledge that comfortably and confidently,” Jones said. “As soon as I can get my pay reflecting that, buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride. The legacy continues.” Jones hasn’t competed since his UFC 247 win over Dominick Reyes...
    In the promotion’s history, there have only been 4 individuals who have held belts in two divisions simultaneously. Conor McGregor was the first to do it and was followed by the likes of Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo. Israel Adesanya was hoping to add his name to the list this evening at the expense of Jan Blachowicz. The fight between Jan and ‘Izzy’ was the sixth champion vs champion fight in the UFC. The fighter from the lower weight category was 4-1 throughout history.  ‘Izzy‘ started the fight well. In the first two rounds, he controlled the distance and picked Blachowicz apart by staying on the outside. Although Jan landed shots, ‘The Last Stylebender’ was more precise. However, in rounds three and four, Jan made necessary adjustments. He relied on his wrestling and grappling to claw himself back into the fight. The light heavyweight champion controlled most of the fourth round on top of ‘Izzy’ and repeated that in round 5 to hand ‘Izzy’ his first loss. Read: ‘Hans Molenkamp has been holding a lot of fighters hostage’-...
    UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, took to Twitter and shared his candid views midway through UFC 259’s main event. Jan Blachowicz defended his undisputed 205-pound title against Israel Adesanya, who moved up to try to win a second belt. However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ was unsuccessful in his attempt and has now suffered his first loss in MMA. Blachowicz (9-1 in his last 10), who came in as the underdog, proved that he’s the rightful champion. He has constantly proved his detractors incorrect, and his recent win against Israel Adesanya will solidify his status. The Pole showed great poise to seal the fight with clutch takedowns and effective ground control. Israel Adesanya had plenty of success of the feet, but was unable to shake off Blachowicz when he was grounded. Chiefly, the difference in size and strength was at play in a big way as Jan Blachowicz came in significantly heavier. This will remain a factor if Adesanya ever moves up to light heavyweight again. Jon Jones announces possible return date ‘Bones’ Jones remained active throughout the fight and predicted...
    Israel Adesanya’s foray into the UFC light heavyweight division sparked talk of a potential dream fight with Jon Jones, the longtime light-heavyweight star who is moving up to heavyweight. But Adesanya’s bid to become the UFC’s latest double champion fell short Saturday at UFC 259 as the middleweight champion lost to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, his first career MMA loss (20-1.) Jones called out Adesanya after the loss and shut down any talk of a fight between the two. “Yeah never mind, that’s not even worth my time,” Jones wrote on Twitter . Adesanya called Blachowicz “a classy champion” and “a cool dude.” “If I was gonna lose to anyone, I’m glad it was him,” Adesanya said. That drew another reaction from Jones on Instagram. “I’m glad to lose? Yeah this kid didn’t want any problems, learned so much tonight,” Jones said. Israel Adesanya during UFC 259; Jon JonesZuffa LLC via Getty Images (2) But Adesanya said “never say never” when it comes to a possible matchup with Jones. UFC president Dana White said Adesanya should focus on...
    More On: ufc Jan Blachowicz retains but one title changed hands in UFC championship triple-header Betting strategies for UFC 259 championship fights How to watch UFC 259 Adesanya vs. Blachowicz: Time, odds, fight card Unlikely UFC champ was born for upsets like this Israel Adesanya’s foray into the UFC light heavyweight division sparked talk of a potential dream fight with Jon Jones, the longtime light-heavyweight star who is moving up to heavyweight. But Adesanya’s bid to become the UFC’s latest double champion fell short Saturday at UFC 259 as the middleweight champion lost to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, his first career MMA loss (20-1.) Jones called out Adesanya after the loss and shut down any talk of a fight between the two. “Yeah never mind, that’s not even worth my time,” Jones wrote on Twitter. Adesanya called Blachowicz “a classy champion” and “a cool dude.” “If I was gonna lose to anyone, I’m glad it was him,” Adesanya said. That drew another reaction from Jones on Instagram. “I’m glad to lose? Yeah this kid didn’t want any...
    Dramatic video shows U.S. Coast Guard coming to rescue of sinking fishing boat Vilsack is back at USDA after 4 years of Trump. The world has changed. Matt Serra is confident that not only will Aljamain Sterling become the new champion, but he’ll reign the division for a long time © Provided by MMAJunkie Sterling (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) challenges bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 259, which takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+. Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has been on a stellar run since joining the UFC roster in 2018, taking out legends Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo back-to-back to win the title. He only has one career blemish which happened in 2016, a loss he later avenged. Serra knows the kind of fight they’re in for and had nothing but high praise for the champion. “I think he’s ferocious,” Serra told MMA Junkie. “I think the word is ferocious. He’s a natural fighter and he’s fearless. I think he’s...
    FUTURE UFC Hall of Famer Jon Jones would 'do great' in boxing if he were to ever compete inside the squared circle. The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion has flirted with a transition into the boxing ring in recent years. 4Jon Jones has flirted with the idea of one day competing in boxingCredit: Instagram @jonnybones 4Jon Jones is seemingly interested in testing himself inside the squared circleCredit: Instagram @jonnybones Jones, who is currently bulking up in preparation for his long-awaited heavyweight debut, reiterated his willingness to compete against the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder last June during a since-resolved dispute with the UFC. And three-division boxing champion Claressa Shields, who has been training with Jones at JacksonWink MMA ahead of her PFL debut in June, believes Bones would take to the sport like a duck to water. The two-time Olympic gold medallist told SunSport: "He'd do great just because of his work ethic. He'd do great just learning. "And yeah it's a big difference, but he'd do great just as long as he [gets the best trainers]. "Just...
    Getty Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had a stern message for fans on Monday afternoon. “Bones” took to Twitter and shared a list of the top 10 fighters who have won the most UFC title fights. Jones is at the top of the list, with 14 victories. Former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is second with 13 wins and two defeats. See the full list below: 1. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (14-0) 2. Former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (13-2) 3. Former UFC bantamweight champion Demetrious Johnson (12-2) 4. Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (11-2) 5. Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (9-3) 6. Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture (9-6) 7. Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (8-3) 8. Current UFC women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (7-0) 9. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (6-2) 10. Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (6-2) In his Twitter post, Jones wrote, “If you consider your favorite fighter the best and...
    CONOR MCGREGOR has dropped out of SunSport's pound-for-pound rankings following his stunning defeat to Dustin Poirier. The UFC's first simultaneous two-division champion suffered a devastating second-round TKO loss to his old featherweight rival last weekend in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. 12 12Conor McGregor is no longer in the top ten of SunSport's pound-for-pound rankings following his UFC 257 defeat to Dustin PoirierCredit: Handout - Getty Defeat to fan favourite Poirier has ended the Irishman's hopes of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov and left his ambitions of a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao in tatters. The stoppage loss - the first of his professional mixed martial arts career - has seen McGregor drop to 15th place in the UFC's official pound-for-pound rankings. And there's no room for the Dubliner in the top ten of SunSport's P4P list, which you can check out below. 10: Dustin Poirier Fresh off his stunning victory over McGregor, the pride of Lafayette, Louisiana enters our pound-for-pound list at No.10. Victory over The Notorious - which saw him level his series with...
    Getty UFC superstar Jon Jones has been known to go on sarcastic social media rants over the years, but his latest is one of his most epic tirades ever. Jones, 33, blasted his critics on Saturday over the idea that him vacating his 205-pound championship to move up to the heavyweight ranks was somehow tied to him being afraid of the upcoming crop of light heavyweight contenders. Jones posted, “I left the LHW division because I was terrified of Dominic, even though Jan was guaranteed the next title shot. And then once the MW champ suddenly moved up, I knew I had made the right choice. Glad I decided to go the easy route”. I left the LHW division because I was terrified of Dominic, even though Jan was guaranteed the next title shot.????????‍♂️ And then once the MW champ suddenly moved up, I knew I had made the right choice ???? Glad I decided to go the easy route pic.twitter.com/3vXtuTvwcL — BONY (@JonnyBones) January 2, 2021 Jones continued, “I didn’t leave the light heavyweight division to...
    UFC: Jon Jones using intimidating heavyweights as motivation By: Daniel Cunningham December 8, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditFormer UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC), is currently preparing for the biggest change he’s ever gone through in his career. He’s in the process of moving up to the UFC‘s heavyweight division. After reigning over the light heavyweight division for almost a decade, Jones vacated the title earlier this year. Jones became essentially bored at 205 pounds after dominating the division for so long. Bones Jones is the kind of fighter that needs to be really pushed to shine. The former UFC champion always does his best whenever he realizes the real danger an opponent possesses. Whenever he’s not at all fearful, the performances suffer. Jones detailed this mindset with ESPN stating, “The light heavyweight division was fun, but I wasn’t scared of any of those guys anymore. Like, none of them. And I think it showed in some of my performances. There was no urgency in some of my last fights.” It...
    Jon Jones helping to get Claressa Shields ready for her MMA debut As Claressa Shields begins to work and train towards making a professional MMA debut with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in 2021, she’ll have assistance from one of the best athletes in the sport, Jon Jones. In the evening of Dec. 4, a social media post made the rounds of Shields working her combinations with pads at the JacksonWink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, NM — the same gym that hosts Jones, as well as Holly Holm, Carlos Condit, Michelle Waterson, Patchy Mix and Aaron Pico.Claressa Shields spending time with Jon Jones as she prepares to try MMASo much knowledge today, spent hours with da ???? @JonnyBones ! #Mma pic.twitter.com/4INnrT3eJo — ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) December 5, 2020 Now, in a new social media post, Shields showed off a photo of her and Jones, with the boxing champion saying she spent hours with Jones, learning a lot under his wing. The PFL signed Shields in a shocking announcement made on Nov. 30. She will join the promotion for its 2021...
    Olympic gold medalist and three weight class boxing champion Claressa Shields is set to make her MMA debut for PFL. It seems that former light-heavyweight UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones is very excited about the boxer’s transition into MMA. The boxing star trains at the same gym as Jones, and he is also helping her sharpen the MMA skills ahead of her debut. “Bones” recently posted a video on Twitter of Shields honing her skills in the gym. OK this is pretty exciting ???? pic.twitter.com/wKX227LstJ — BONY (@JonnyBones) December 5, 2020 Jon Jones and Holly Holm will be great guides for Shield The former women’s pound-for-pound No. 1 boxer has set a goal of fighting twice in PFL in 2021. She is also looking to take part in the 2022 PFL season format. Holly Holm has previously transitioned from being a boxing champion to the MMA world. “The Preacher’s Daughter” is also a teammate and training partner of Jones; she will serve as a wonderful guide to Shields. Jones seems to have taken Shields under his wings. In the...
    Getty Former UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones is “performed enjoying little video games” with present middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The 2 have gone backwards and forwards on-line and thru the media for months and so they have each expressed curiosity in preventing the opposite. Nonetheless, their timelines haven’t matched up. “Bones” is at present getting ready to make his debut within the heavyweight division and “The Final Stylebender” has been linked to a light-weight heavyweight bout with champion Jan Blachowicz. The struggle might doubtlessly happen within the first quarter of 2021. On Monday evening, a fan requested Jones a query on Twitter, writing, “will you truly struggle Izzy?” “Yeah simply how he envisioned it, the world he needed and all the things,” Jones tweeted sarcastically. “There’s not a person on this planet that tells me what to do. I march to the beat of my very own drum.. there’s no pink panty evening for Izzy with out me, I may hold him broke.” Yeah simply how he envisioned it, the world he...
    Getty Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is “done playing little games” with current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The two have gone back and forth online and through the media for months and they have both expressed interest in fighting the other. However, their timelines have not matched up. “Bones” is currently preparing to make his debut in the heavyweight division and “The Last Stylebender” has been linked to a light heavyweight bout with champion Jan Blachowicz. The fight could potentially take place in the first quarter of 2021. On Monday night, a fan asked Jones a question on Twitter, writing, “will you actually fight Izzy?” “Yeah just how he envisioned it, the arena he wanted and everything,” Jones tweeted sarcastically. “There’s not a man on this planet that tells me what to do. I march to the beat of my own drum.. there’s no red panty night for Izzy without me, I may just keep him broke.” Yeah just how he envisioned it, the arena he wanted and everything. ???? There’s not a man on this...
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