UFC star John Jones is eyeing the heavyweight title as he prepares for his debut in the division.
He said on Thursday that he hopes to get a shot at the belt and wants to face the winner of the reported fight between Francis Engano and Cyril Gain when their rumors for January 2022 are officially announced.
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Jones, who is one of the best UFC fighters to enter the Octagon, told ESPN that he has advanced up to 255 pounds in hopes of competing in the heavyweight division. He had previously dominated the lightweight division but has not fought since retaining his light heavyweight title at UFC 27. He left the championship in August 2020 to move to the new weight class.
Ngannou and Gane are reportedly ready to fight next year after winning the interim heavyweight title over Derrick Lewis.
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“I have to admit that Francis is a lot bigger financially,” Jones told ESPN. “But it’s all good. I want a belt, really. I want a belt, I want big money.”
UFC chairman Dana White expressed the idea of putting together a Jones-Steep Miosic fight, Jones said the fight would not be his first choice.
“I’m open to ideas. I’ve fought for so many years at this point, I want to make as much money as possible, if I’m honest,” he said. “I fight for the legacy and I know that beating Stipe Miosic will be huge for my legacy. Right now, he doesn’t have the belt and he’s not the most famous heavyweight. I just want to get excited about mainstream America MMA. And the heavyweight division …. Big, megafight. “
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The floating Ngannou-Gane war was rumored for January 2022 but nothing has been finalized yet.