UFC star Jon Jones has his sights set on the heavyweight title as he prepares to make his division debut.
He said on Thursday he hopes to get a chance at the belt and looks to face the winner of the reported bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, if their alleged bout is to be made official by January 2022.
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Jones, who is one of the best UFC fighters to ever enter the Octagon, said ESPN that he rose to 255 pounds in hopes of competing in the heavyweight division. He previously dominated the lightweight division but has not fought since retaining his light heavyweight title at UFC 247. He left the championship in August 2020 while looking to move to the new category of. weight.
Ngannou and Gane are set to fight next year after Gane won the interim heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis.
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“I admit Francis is more important when it comes to the financial side,” Jones told ESPN. “But it’s okay. I want the belt, really. I want the belt, I want a lot of money.”
While UFC president Dana White pitched the idea of putting on a Jones-Stipe Miocic fight, Jones said the battle would not be his first choice.
“I’m open to ideas. I’ve been fighting for so many years at this point, looking to make as much money as possible, if I’m being honest,” he said. “I’m fighting for legacy and I know beating Stipe Miocic will be huge for my legacy. At the moment he doesn’t have the belt and he’s not the most famous heavyweight. I’m just looking to get excited. mainstream America for MMA and the heavyweight division.… Big, megafights. “
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The floating Ngannou-Gane fight is rumored to take place for January 2022, but nothing has been finalized yet.