Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones‘s Coach says his fighter is not interested in fighting former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Jon Jones hasn’t fought since his razor-close decision win over Dominick Reyes. He vacated his UFC light-heavyweight belt in 2020 and decided that he will now bulk up and fight at heavyweight. He has been in talks with the UFC for a fight against the newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world Francis Ngannou. The fight never got materialized due to the payment issues between Jones and the UFC. Now UFC made an interim title at the heavyweight division and Ciryl won the interim title after defeating Derrick Lewis.
The obvious choice of the next challenge for Ngannou is Gane but the fight everyone wants to see is Jon Jones fighting for the heavyweight title. But Jon recently stated that he won’t fight until 2022. UFC president Dana White offered Jon a fight against Stipe Miocic but he never heard anything back from Jon. Now according to Jon Jones coach, Jon is not at all interested in fighting Stipe Miocic.
“From the outside looking in, I would think that wouldn’t excite Jon. I think Jon wants the big one. He wants to get the big one, he wants the big challenge, and right now Stipe’s not there. Stipe is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but Jon wants the biggest challenge out there. That’s how Jon Jones thinks,” Winkeljohn said to Submission Radio (h/t MiddleEasy).
“That’s just me talking. For me it doesn’t seem that exciting for Jon, it doesn’t make sense. It makes sense to go after the title. Because honestly Jon is the best pound-for-pound of all time, so why would he have just a normal fight? Unless we felt we needed that to get used to our new body. I don’t think we need that, I think Jon is already getting used to his new size, so there is not a necessity to take a step up fight. Jon is ready to go, he wants the challenge.”
Jones’s coach also feels like Jon might jump over Ciryl Gane if he comes back to fight anytime soon.
“I think (Jon could leapfrog Gane). I would think so. I can’t put words in Jon Jones or his manager’s mouth by any means, please. But that makes sense to me. We’ve been training for Francis all along anyway, so it would keep on that same path,” Winklejohn said.
Jon’s coach Mike Winklejohn also shared that he feels both Ngannou and Gane are scary in their own way but Jones can find a way to beat them both.
“The crazy power is always scary, it freezes up a lot of people. That’s what Francis has. He’s a scary, explosive guy. Gane can hit hard too, but he has more tools I believe, as far as fine tuned tools,” he said.
“So they’re different nuts for Jones to crack, depending on which one of those guys Jon has to fight. It’s different. They both are scary in their own way, and both very beatable in their own way.”
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