15 August 2020 04:43
If Jon Jones wants to stay at light heavyweight and defend his 205-pound title, then he needs to forget about "popping some cherries in Poland" and instead gear up for a five-round rematch against division No. 1 contender Dominick Reyes. That's according to UFC President Dana White. If not, then Jones will be forced to move up in weight, where he can participate in "fun" fights against the likes of Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, or perhaps even Daniel Cormier, depending on who wins the UFC 252 main event. "If he stays at light heavyweight, he's got to fight Reyes again," White told The Schmo. And if he moves up to heavyweight, there's a lot of interesting fights.
He could fight Cormier, he could fight Stipe depending on who wins on Saturday. It's a bit surprising to hear White talking about potential fights at heavyweight considering how badly the discussions went the first time around. Not just from Jones, but also from Ngannou, who wants to be paid accordingly for promotional super fights. As for Reyes, he's been campaigning for a light heavyweight rematch after taking "Bones" to the limit at UFC 247 last February. It appears that Dana White is looking to move forward with plans for the light heavyweight division.
That may involve UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Speaking with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, White stated that there will be a fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title sometime before 2020 comes to an end. Talks fell through, and Jones believes the UFC hasn't been paying him what he felt he was worth. As a result of his frustrations, Jones expressed a desire to vacate the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and is looking to take a full hiatus from the company. He would win the UFC Light Heavyweight Title from Shogun Rua at UFC 128. One of those fights involves Dominick Reyes, who Jones beat in a controversial unanimous decision result at UFC 247 in February. If he stays at light heavyweight, he's got to fight Reyes again. He could fight (Daniel) Cormier, he could fight Stipe (Miocic) depending on who wins on Saturday (at UFC 252). There are a lot of fun fights for him at heavyweight." Cormier and Miocic will be fighting this weekend at UFC 252 to determine the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Planning on retiring after the bout, Cormier winning could open the door for Jones to fight for a vacant title. Jon Jones has defended his light heavyweight title just once this year, but UFC president Dana White has assured us that there will be another light heavyweight title fight by the end of 2020. White says he is waiting to hear back from Jones regarding his next title defense, per a recent interview with Brett Okamoto. Dana White just told me there WILL be another light heavyweight title fight before the end of 2020. He said he's actually waiting to hear back from Jon Jones today, regarding what will happen with the division. "Dana White just told me there WILL be another light heavyweight title fight before the end of 2020. He said he's actually waiting to hear back from Jon Jones today, regarding what will happen with the division," Okamoto tweeted on Thursday. Based on the wording, it looks like White is optimistic Jones returns, but is planning on moving forward regardless. Jones hasn't fought since his unanimous decision win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, with the reigning light heavyweight champion taking an extended hiatus from MMA following his public fallout with the UFC earlier this year. 'Bones' was planning to move up to heavyweight to take on Francis Ngannou, but the 33-year-old wasn't happy with the UFC's initial offer and threatened to leave the promotion unless they paid him his worth. "I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I'm worth." If Jones does return, White says the pound-for-pound No. 1 will have to defend his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes again. Dana White tells @TheSchmo312 if Jon Jones stays at Light Heavyweight, he's got to fight Dominick Reyes again. "Dana White tells @TheSchmo312 if Jon Jones stays at Light Heavyweight, he's got to fight Dominick Reyes again," Helen Yee tweeted yesterday. Regardless, Jones is still the undisputed light heavyweight champion and #1 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.