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Why Jon Jones should move to Heavyweight

Jones punching Smith inside the cage at UFC 235
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Jon Jones has beaten a roster full of UFC legends including Maurício “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen. But it’s not all been smooth sailing for the Jackson-Wink fighter. He had a hit and run incident in 2015 and failed numerous drugs tests after this. It’s safe to say he’s a polarising figure in MMA. Despite his setbacks there is an argument that, apart from Conor McGregor, he’s the promotions biggest star for either the right or wrong reasons. But should Jon Jones move to Heavyweight?

Many consider Jon to be the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time. His skill level and cage control are unparalleled. Right now, there isn’t anyone that can mix it up like Jon. Recently Jones got passed Anthony Smith to defend his Light Heavyweight belt. But something about this stale fight got us thinking. Could Jon have done better? Could he have finished Anthony?

It just seemed that he was a little unmotivated. Prior to this fight, Jon stated that he wanted to have quick turn around’s for his 2019 fights. In recent years Jon’s career has been very stop start. But this year, Jones had a vendetta, something to prove. He wanted to work so hard and churn out title defences left right and centre. He wanted to silence anyone who doubts him. But after this unenthusiastic fight with Anthony Smith, in order to bring out the best in Jon, could a move to Heavyweight be the answer?

What more is there to do at Light Heavyweight?

The Brazilian sensation Thiago Santos is now ranked third in the Light Heavyweight division. Right now, he looks like the most likely candidate to face Jones given his recent run of highlight reel finishes. You could then maybe argue that fellow Brazilian Johnny Walker could be next in line after Thiago.

But with this in mind you have to ask yourself, do either Thiago or Johnny have what it takes to beat Jon Jones? Sure, there’s a chance but with all due respect to both fighters, it’s not very likely. Both Brazilian’s are in different stages of there careers in comparison to Jon. The pair are just starting to home in on their crafts and whilst they are both undoubtedly very talented individuals, it just doesn’t feel like it’s the right thing to do.

The better choice, and perhaps the more entertaining outcome, could be to pit Santos against Walker in a main event for a vacant Light Heavyweight title? Imagine that taking place in Rio? That would be electric!

What Jon could achieve at Heavyweight

For a starters, the Heavyweight division is very shallow. It wouldn’t take Jones long to earn a title shot. It’s also worth bearing in mind Jon’s position as a champion. He could very well slip right into a title fight at Heavyweight.

The UFC are really gunning towards putting current Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. However, if this does indeed take place, Daniel has stated that May 2019 will be the end of his MMA career. Also, Brock isn’t very active and undoubtedly takes performance enhancing drugs. Realistically, how long can an ageing Brock stay clean? How much does fighting really interest him?

Cain Velasquez is also an ageing Heavyweight star who looks to be on the brink of ending his career as well. With this in mind it really feels like we will see the old lions ride off into the sunset within the next few months. This will make for open season in the UFC’s Heavyweight division. What better way to silence the doubters than for Jon to move up?

If he ever wins the UFC Heavyweight title, he will become one of few men to have held titles in two divisions. He will make history. Not only that but there are also numerous fights which Jon could take in order to solidify his GOAT status. Take Francis N’Gannou for example. Francis beat one of the best Heavyweights to ever grace the octagon in Cain and looks destined to win the title eventually.

Imagine Jon competing against the likes of Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and Stipe Miocic to name a few? These are all mouth watering fights that the fans deserve.

The time is now for Jon to move up

Physically, a move to Heavyweight would be easy for Jon. He’s 6-foot-3-inches and has a freakish reach at 84.5 inches. Power lifting his way to more muscle mass and you’ve got yourself one scary Heavyweight contender. But Jon is no ordinary contender, he could quite possibly become the most successful Heavyweight in UFC history.

Whether you love or hate the guy, for arguments sake, put his shenanigans outside of the octagon to one side. In the ring, he is something special. People like Jon don’t come around often. These kinds of special people need to be managed by those around them correctly. Imagine you’re Jon Jones right now sat in the living room with your family. Sure, you’ll be happy that you got the win earlier this month against a tough opponent in Anthony Smith. But you’re thinking about something greater. Something that will stand you apart from everyone else around you. To us at least, Heavyweight is the next challenge in Jon Jones’s career.

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