Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

2020 has been a quiet year for Jon “Bones” Jones. He only took to the Octagon once this year, in the main event of UFC 247 in a highly controversial (albeit successful) decision defence of his Light Heavyweight crown against Dominick “The Dominator” Reyes. However, the burning question concerning “Bones” remains the same – will 2021 finally see him embark on his quest to become the baddest man on the planet by becoming a two weight world champion with the addition of the Heavyweight crown?

Jon-Jones began his wrecking run at 205 pounds with a demolition of UFC great Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Credit: Bloody Elbow)

For at least the last two to three years, rumours have constantly and consistently swirled concerning Jon Jones finally stepping up to the big(best) league of the UFC in the Heavyweight division. Rumours have also been continuous with regards to who would welcome Jon to the division, and at what point exactly Jon would enter the division. Over the last few days, rumours have ramped up concerning the Heavyweight title picture. Per SBNation, the most recent talk is that UFC President Dana White is looking at March for current Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to defend his crown in a rematch of his fight against the destroyer of the Heavyweight division, Francis Ngannou. Of course, Stipe dominated that first fight with his elite wrestling on his way to a decision in Boston, whilst he has also participated in an epic trilogy with Daniel Cormier since. Ngannou has seen a resurgence in form too, brutally knocking out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the first round at UFC 249. Rumours concerning Jones culminate in the interesting possibility of Jones fighting the winner of Jones v Ngannou in the Summer of 2021, most likely during an epic International Fight Week card.

Jones has been widely slated to face the winner of a Miocic/Ngannou rematch (Credit: MMA Mania)

Whilst Jones’ ascension to the Heavyweight ranks appears inevitable, one fight that appears to refuse to go away is a potential super-fight with Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, the dominant current king of the middleweight division. It is widely known that there is no love lost between the two men, and Adesanya has made clear how dead serious he is about chasing Jones to whatever class is necessary in order to secure such an epic match. Were this somehow to actually come to fruition, it would most likely draw epic comparisons between the super-fight that never was between arguably the Welterweight number 1 of all time, Georges St Pierre, and the Middleweight number 1 of all time (currently) Anderson Silva. Were this to happen, it would unquestionably be a clash for the ages.

But could a super-fight with Middleweight king Israel Adesanya prove too good to turn down? (Credit: UFC)

Irrespective of which situation Jon finds himself in, you can guarantee, being Jon Jones, that it will be epic and extraordinary to the highest possible levels. Whilst he will certainly fancy his chances skill-wise against either Miocic or Ngannou, the prospect of finally being able to get his gloves on Adesanya, along with the financial incentives that would bring, may prove to be an equally strong pull for the man many consider to be one of the greatest to ever step into the Octagon.

By Keelin McNamara

Co-host of the MMA Island Podcast, and journalist as part of the team. I'm here to give you the breakdowns and opinions that literally nobody asked for. And yet you've found yourself here. So...thank you? Sorry?