Jon Jones has by all means managed to keep himself relevant, even during his current, indefinite suspension. Adding all of the latest tit-bits of media from the Jon Jones world, one wouldn’t blame people for getting reservedly excited.
His manager, Malki Kawa went on record in February and expressed positivity about “Bones” returning in 2018. Alongside this, Jones’ striking coach Brandon Gibson is excited about the former 205-pound champion’s newly-acquired heavier hands. Even Jones himself has recently made some revelations on social media, giving some tasty treats of training footage.
To UFC legend and ever-knowledgeable Chael Sonnen, these actions are leading him to believe that Jones and his team may know something that the MMA world is yet to hear. While speaking on a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast, Sonnen said:
“If we are to believe that he is going to be out until summer of next year, which is the minimum that he would be out by the rules that have been explained to us, if we were to believe that, you would have to ask yourself ‘why is he training and putting out videos, and having coaches confirm that he is working now in August?’”
“It just does appear that Jon at least believes that he is about to be cleared and put onto that November card.”
As for the opponent, Sonnen views resemble other mainstream media and pundits – the only sensible one to make would be a third fight against Daniel Cormier (who still intends to take on two more fights before retiring in March of the coming year).
Chael also touched upon the other burning question around which weight division Bones (and the opponent) would be fighting at on his return:
“If you’re Dana White and you gotta look at that and take Daniel at his word, and ‘this is my one and only shot perhaps to get Daniel and Jon together’, do you go for it? And even if you do, how do you get it done? Because you can’t get it done at 205 pounds because Daniel can’t make 205 pounds.”
“So do you get it done at heavyweight?” he continued. “And if you do, everything’s on the line now. Not just the title, the Brock Lesnar fight is now on the line.”
As of this article being published, the main event fight for UFC 230 has yet to be confirmed by the UFC. Up to now, the high profile fights so far are the lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz, as well as a middleweight fight between Paulo Henrique Costa and Yoel Romero.
Let’s see how this one plays out…
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