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Now Is The Time For Jon Jones To Move Up To Heavyweight

Now Is The Time For Jon Jones To Move Up To Heavyweight

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones needs to move up to heavyweight in order to cement his status as the GOAT.

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BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva and Amanda Nunes, who also scored a victory at UFC 239, are just a few names to have excelled in more than one weight division, and now is the time for Jones to follow suit and move up to the heavyweight division.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Jones has cleaned up UFC's storied 205lbs category. He's ruled the division over different eras. He went through a murderer's row in his first cycle as champion.

From stopping 'Shogun' and 'Rampage' Jackson to beating Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

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He then wiped out another set of challengers in the shape of Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixiera before taking out budding contenders in Ovince Saint Preux, Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.

There's no serious threat left to face at light-heavyweight. Sure, Jan Blachowicz looked impressive as he violently finished Luke Rockhold but, quite frankly, Jones vs. Blachowicz just doesn't move the needle.

Jones is widely considered the greatest of all time but if he wants to take his GOAT status to the next level, he needs to move up in weight.

The heavyweight division has all the right ingredients for Jones. From his biggest rival to the 'scariest fighter in MMA' not to mention a potential return of a former UFC champion who's plying his trade in WWE. Of course, I'm talking about Daniel Cormier, Francis Ngannou and Brock Lesnar.

The prospect of Jones facing the likes of Cormier, Ngannou or Lesnar massively outweigh any bout at light-heavyweight.

Add to your legacy, Jon. Chase greatness. Not only to become a two-weight UFC champion but also to be the best... ever!

Topics: UFC, UFC 239, Jon Jones, Thiago Santos, UFC News, Fight News, Francis Ngannou, MMA

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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