Jon Jones Will Fight For UFC Legacy at Heavy Weight?
The beef between Jon Jones, and Dana White and the UFC has resulted in Jones relinquishing his Light Heavyweight Championship belt. As a result, Dominick Reyes and Jan Błachowicz will fight for the belt on September 26th. So what is next for Jon Jones then?..
3 Options for 'Bones' Jones
For the Belt- Stipe Miocic
Miocic is fresh off a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier, so the last thing on his mind is fighting. He will take a well deserved break and spend some time with his family before making his next move. But, after hearing about Jones and his plan to move to Heavyweight, Miocic cannot pass up an opportunity to put his name in the GOAT conversation. This fight makes the most sense for Jones and the UFC financially because it would generate a massive PPV viewing. Stylistically this would be a great matchup as both of these fighters like to utilize a mix of striking and wrestling to outwork their opponents. Jones vs. Miocic for the Heavyweight title is the first and best option for Jones going forward. However, it is also a boom or bust option for Jones because if he loses, he is in a weird spot in his career and may have to go back down to Light Heavyweight. Jones may be better off taking a Heavyweight tune-up fight before stepping in with the champ.
For the Clout- Francis Ngannou
No one in the world is signing up to fight Ngannou right now. Since his terrible loss to Derrick Lewis, Ngannou has rattled off 4 straight 1st round KO/TKO victories over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. This contest would be a mega-fight for the UFC, but I don't think Jones wants to face Ngannou for his entry fight at Heavyweight. Jones could accept this 'peoples championship' fight and take on Ngannou to only be sent into the next dimension with a huge power hook to the chin. This fight will most likely come to fruition after both of these guys have 1 fight in the bag. Dana White has claimed that Ngannou will get the next title shot, but we all know that Dana's word does not mean much in the fight game if he sees $$$. If Jones wanted to make a statement to the world, he can clout chase and fight the scariest fighter on the planet to prove that HE is the baddest man.
For The Super Fight- Curtis 'Heavyweight Khabib' Blaydes
When it comes to the fight game, there is no one smarter than Jon Jones. He knows the move up to Heavyweight is a high risk, high reward career move. With that being said, Blaydes is the most exciting fighter on the UFC roster by a mile with his razor sharp elbows. If Jones wants to prove he's the best wrestler in the UFC, he needs to fight Blaydes to solidify himself as the true alpha dog at Heavyweight. Blaydes' only 2 losses in the Octagon have come to Ngannou, so in his mind, he can beat anybody but him. He is coming off a 'fight of the year' performance over Alexander Volkov and is looking to keep this hype train going (in reality it was one of most boring fights of all time as Blaydes just laid Volkov for the whole fight). But jokes aside, if Ngannou ends up getting the next title shot against Miocic and Jones wants a fight in the meantime, this may be the fight to make. Blaydes is ranked 3rd in the UFC Heavyweight rankings at the moment and this bout against Jones could serve as the #1 contender fight.
I just hope with Jones' newfound free time that he can stay off the cocaine, alcohol, and public gun firing long enough to get one of these fights.