UFC star Jon Jones has his eyes on the heavyweight title as he prepares to make his debut within the division.
He mentioned Thursday he’s hoping to get a shot on the belt and is trying to face the winner of the reported bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, ought to their rumored struggle be made official for January 2022.
Jones, who is without doubt one of the greatest UFC fighters ever to step into the Octagon, informed ESPN that he moved as much as 255 kilos within the hope of competing within the heavyweight division. He beforehand dominated the light-weight division however has not fought since retaining his gentle heavyweight title at UFC 247. He vacated the championship in August 2020 whereas trying to transfer as much as the brand new weight class.
Ngannou and Gane are reportedly set to struggle subsequent 12 months after Gane received the interim heavyweight title over Derrick Lewis.
“I’ll admit Francis is a much bigger one in terms of the monetary aspect,” Jones informed ESPN. “Nevertheless it’s all good. I need the belt, actually. I need the belt, I need huge cash.”
Whereas UFC chairman Dana White has floated the thought of placing a Jones-Stipe Miocic bout collectively, Jones mentioned that battle wouldn’t be his first alternative.
“I am open to the concepts. I’ve fought for thus a few years at this level, I am trying to make as a lot as cash as I can, if I am being sincere,” he mentioned. “I struggle for legacy and I do know that beating Stipe Miocic might be enormous for my legacy. Proper now, he would not have the belt and he isn’t essentially the most well-known heavyweight. I am trying to simply get mainstream America enthusiastic about MMA and the heavyweight division. … Large, megafights.”
The floated Ngannou-Gane struggle has been rumored to be for January 2022 however nothing has been finalized simply but.