Dana White: Jon Jones Could Fight For Title in First Heavyweight Fight
By FCF Staff
Recently Jon Jones announced he’s vacating the UFC’s light heavyweight title and that he’s moving up to heavyweight, and Dana White is open to “Bones” fighting for the title.
Jones has been talking about fighting at heavyweight for a while now, and this week, he announced he’s making the jump. In a recent interview with ESPN, White confirmed Jones could fight for the heavyweight belt next, but not before Francis Ngannou challenges Stipe Miocic (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“(Miocic vs. Ngannou) is definitely the fight that’s going to happen at heavyweight now,” White said. “Francis Ngannou had earned that title shot. Then we’ll see what happens. We had a matchmaking meeting today. A lot of the top four or five guys are laid out for fights coming up in the fall. We’ll see what Jon Jones’ timing is to come back and who makes sense for him.”
“… Listen, (Jones) is the longtime light heavyweight champion. In my opinion, he is the greatest of all time. If he wants to come back and take a shot at the heavyweight championship, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. But he can’t jump in front of Francis Ngannou right now.”
White also said that Jones is planning to take some time off and that when he returns, he will “possibly fight at heavyweight”.
The 33-year-old Jones (26-1) is coming off a razor-thin, decision win over Dominick Reyes in February.