The UFC career of Jon Jones has been one to remember; for better or worse. From championship runs to untimely suspension, he has been one of the most talked-about fighters within the UFC since debuting in April of 2008. Now, it has been over 10 months in which Jones last fought and defeated Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision at UFC 247.
On Wednesday, UFC President Dana White provided an update on Jones and his plans for 2021:
White recalls having a conversation last week with Jones, and it appears that he will be ready to transition weight classes and compete for the Heavyweight title next year. However, the UFC President clarified that Jones will not immediately compete for the Heavyweight title over Francis Ngannou.
“He’s excited for this challenge and to cement himself as the greatest to ever do it,” White said.
However, White pointed out his interest in Jones eventually fighting Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. Combined, the two have accounted for 25 knockouts and a record of 46-1. There has been no official announcement at this time on when Jones will fight or who his opponent will be. The UFC is in talks to host events in the United States in 2021 with fans, with obvious COVID precautions to occur.