Long-reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones says he is vacating his title and most definitely transferring as much as heavyweight. Jones made the declarations on Twitter on Monday, even if the UFC didn’t right away verify them. Jones and the UFC have each said contentious negotiations in contemporary weeks in regards to the long-reigning champ’s subsequent bout and the course of the 205-pound department. Those discussions it seems that culminated in Jones deciding to stroll clear of the department he has ruled when in a position to struggle.
“Today I confirm that I’m vacating the light heavyweight championship,” Jones wrote. “It’s officially up for grabs. It’s been an amazing journey, sincere thank you to all my competition, UFC and most importantly you fans.”
The 33-year-old Jones is pondering critically about making his long-anticipated transfer as much as heavyweight, the place Stipe Miocic reigns as champion after beating Jones’ archrival, Daniel Cormier, of their 3rd struggle remaining Saturday.
Jones tweeted that he “just had a really positive conversation with” the UFC.
“Sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavy weight,” Jones wrote. “All good news, the weight gaining process begins.”
Jones has entertained a transfer up sooner than, however in large part as a result of he was hoping to struggle professional wrestling famous person Brock Lesnar in a wildly profitable bout. He would have quite a lot of intriguing possibilities for a heavyweight struggle with out the retired Lesnar, together with Miocic or fearsome contender Francis Ngannou.
Jones is extensively thought to be the best combined martial artist of the previous decade. He gained the light heavyweight title in 2011 and has held it for a lot of the following 9 years, even if he has needed to reclaim the belt thrice upon getting stripped for a couple of violations the UFC’s doping rules and code of habits.
Jones (26-1, 1 no contest) has fought simply as soon as previously 12 months, beating Dominick Reyes in an in depth unanimous determination in February. He has gained a UFC-record 14 title fights, and he hasn’t misplaced any struggle since 2009 — however thank you to 2 doping violations, Jones has fought handiest six instances since January 2015.
Jones spoke with UFC President Dana White previous this 12 months about transferring to heavyweight, however they clashed over cash. Jones even entertained the potential of leaving the UFC.
Jones live-tweeted his ideas at the UFC 252 major tournament remaining Saturday night time, providing a glimpse into his attitudes and ideology about heavyweights.
Among his observations, Jones mentioned there’s “a much slower pace in the heavyweight division … like much much slower.”
“Heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon,” Jones wrote. “For some reason these heavyweights don’t seem so big to me tonight. … Avoid Stipe’s right hand, I’m too fast, I’ll be too strong when the time is right and have way too much energy. Soon and very soon I’ll be considered the baddest man on this planet.”