UFC HALL-OF-FAMER Jon Jones is planning to have his long-awaited heavyweight debut in April.
The dominant former light-heavyweight champion has been unstoppable since defending his controversial UFC 247 title against Dominick Reyes.
The former king of the pound has spent his time on the sidelines – partly due to a pay dispute with the UFC coin – to grow up before his long-awaited weight gain move.
And after nearly 2 years on the sidelines, Bones is looking to take on the UFC’s big boys in the spring.
I said KRQE: “I’m looking to fight somewhere in April, maybe Madison Square Garden, or some day quite the opposite, maybe July at International Fight Week.
“Those are the two dates that I am keeping an eye on. I think that will depend on who wins in January between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, and we’ll take it from there. ”
Jones, 34, revealed he will be keeping an eye on the winner of a January heavyweight unification match between former teammates Ngannou and Gane last month.
He said: “Now that I have only a few months left, I can’t wait to see who wins the fight this January.”
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Jones could have fought for the heavyweight strap this year if he had chosen not to continue packing on the scales.
His mentor – veteran boxing promoter Richard Schaefer – just revealed to SunSport: “When I started my relationship with Jon, we needed, sort of, to fix the relationship between him and the UFC.
“And I’ve always had a great relationship with Dana White, he’s a friend of mine, and with Hunter Campbell too. So I was able to repair that relationship.
“And I can also explain to Jon that going on Twitter and having these Twitter feuds is really not conducive to fighting. He understands that too.
“He understood and we got there.
“And then I made great progress when the UFC agreed to allow Jon to fight his next fight for the UFC heavyweight title.
“We are initially targeting November, December.
“But Jon is like the one behind me here [points to a picture], Bernard Hopkins, was very structured in his preparation.
“So he just felt that he needed a little more time to really gain the right amount of muscle mass.
“Now he’s like 260 and he wants to go up to 275lbs.
“It’s not about gaining weight intelligently and still explosively. So he needs a little more time.
“The UFC has, once again, engaged and we are starting to discuss the deal structure for that major heavyweight bout.”
Jones’ return to the octagon now depends on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings against him.
In September, he was arrested by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and charged with domestic violence and injuring or tampering with a vehicle just hours after being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. .
Jones has denied any wrongdoing in the case, which remains unsolved.
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