“I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’m going to do” –

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“I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’m going to do” – fr


For those hoping to see Jon Jones make his heavyweight debut in 2021, it doesn’t look like that could happen, according to the former 205-pound champion.

Jones, who has not competed since defending his title – which has since been canceled and captured by Jan Blachowicz – against Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision at UFC 247 in March 2020. “Bones” gave up the belt in order to move on to the heavyweight division and a hopeful meeting with new defending champion Francis Ngannou.

Jones, the UFC, and Dana White’s relationship has been difficult to say the least, with bumps in the road continuing since Jones advanced into a weight division. Jones feels like he’s not receiving what he’s won as one of the best to do it, while White feels like Jones asked for too much to face Ngannou.

Regardless, Jones took to Twitter on Tuesday to let fans know he plans to stay out for the rest of 2021 in order to be fully ready for his heavyweight debut in mid-2022.

Despite multiple suspensions and run-ins with the law, Jones has fought at least once a year since his professional debut in 2008. His longest layoff came between his knockout victory over Daniel Cormier at the UFC 214 in July 2017 – this was subsequently reverted to a non-competition after Jones failed a drug test – and his third round TKO victory over Alexander Gustafsson 17 months later in UFC 232 .



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