What Jon Jones’ move to heavyweight means for UFC, Stipe Miocic

What Jon Jones’ move to heavyweight means for UFC, Stipe Miocic

The American great's future in the sport has been under a massive cloud after he called Dana White "stubborn and greedy" and accused the UFC boss of lying about a pay dispute that has played out very publicly over social media.

Jon Jones has upped the stakes for any light heavyweight to defend the title.

"Today I confirm that I'm vacating the light heavyweight championship".

True to form, the 33-year-old has now confirmed in a series if tweets that he's vacated his light heavyweight title and that the belt is "officially up for grabs".

Cormier's decision to walk away comes after his second loss to Stipe Miocic at the weekend in their final trilogy fight. Ngannou lost to Miocic at UFC 220 back in 2018. The next world title fight is nearly certainly going to be between Stipe Miocic and top contender Francis Ngannou, leaving Jones ample time to adjust his strength and conditioning program to put the additional mass on his frame that the level of competition will require.

"Just had a really positive conversation with UFC", he continued in a later message. "All good news, the weight gaining process begins".

And even if that blockbuster showdown can't be made, seeing the towering, long-limbed Jones go toe-to-toe with Cameroonian powerhouse Francis Ngannou would have even the most skeptical of fight fans licking their lips.

However, his tweet referencing Adesanya indicates Jones might be more focussed on the middleweight division.

But, at the end of the day, Jones's move up decreases the chances of this fight happening.

The only times Jones has not held the UFC light heavyweight title since 2011 were when Cormier held it. Jones was stripped of the belt in 2015 after a felony hit-and-run arrest.

Jones also indicated that he would award a prize of $100,000 to anyone who could win six UFC world title fights in succession, after stating that he doesn't believe that anyone will equal his record-breaking exploits in the UFC's light heavyweight fold in his lifetime.

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fought at UFC 214 in 2017. Jones live-tweeted his thoughts on the UFC 252 main event last Saturday night, offering a glimpse into his attitudes and beliefs about heavyweights.

Jones to heavyweight has been talked about for years. I hope I made you guys proud.

"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", Jones posted on Twitter after the fight.

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