Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vacated his light heavyweight championship belt last year.
Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes fought for the vacant title last September in Abu Dhabi in the co-main event of UFC 253. In that fight, Jan Blachowicz knocked out Dominick Reyes to become the new champion.
It was for the first time in nearly a decade that someone not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier held the light heavyweight title.
Since Jon Jones won the UFC title back in 2011 by defeating Mauricio Rua, the Albuquerque native has had 15 fights since then and he hasn’t a fight since then. Jones has gone through almost all the names in the light heavyweight division and now he has stated that he vacated his title because he was bored.
“The reason why I decided to vacate the light heavyweight belt and not hang onto it is that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a really long time,” Jones said in an interview with Bleacher Report. “I didn’t want to be one of those athletes to slow down the division. I feel like I’ve held onto the light heavyweight championship for so long, I’ve ruined so many people’s dreams of being the light heavyweight champion, and now it’s time for someone else to have it.
“I thought it was the right thing to do for everyone else. I could have done the selfish thing and held onto it and come up with a bunch of excuses and lied to the fans and said I was going to come back down to light heavyweight and made all these guys wait. I didn’t want to do that. I have no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight.”
Jon Jones has his eyes set on the Heavyweight division
While Light heavyweight division might have bored Jon Jones, he now has a renewed motivation in life as he will be looking to conquer the heavyweight division.
“It’ll feel amazing,” Jones said. “Somewhere along the line, getting that light heavyweight championship wrapped around my waist, the excitement and other emotions it should have evoked, kind of went away. It was just another day at the office. It was what we always do. But I haven’t won that heavyweight championship yet.
“To do that for my family, and do that for my team, and all the people that have invested in me over the years, it’ll be something new for all of us.” (H/T – Bleacher Report)