Frank Mir gives his own assessment of Jon Jones’ possible heavyweight run.
With Jon Jones ending his rivalry with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 via knockout, moving up to heavyweight is the next option that has been brought to the table. Jones himself opened the doors to this possibility when he called out Brock Lesnar right after the fight.
A heavyweight run for Jones could very well be enticing for fans and observers. For former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, “Bones” can win over the rest of the division, except for two top fighters.
“The only fight immediately that would make me nervous for Jon would be Stipe. I think any other heavyweight I can see [Jones] beating,” Mir said during his recent appearance on the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “Stipe is a hard one. And I think Alistair Overeem, too, might be a hard one.”
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As for the Lesnar fight, Mir believes his former rival will be able to put Jones in a position where he has never been before.
“I think it’s gonna be an interesting fight, because obviously Jones is a much better mixed martial artist, but the one area that we’ve never Jon fight at is off his back. And I have to assume that Brock is good enough of a wrestler,” Mir said. “Obviously in his heyday he was a national champion, but now the guy is 40 years old he doesn’t wrestle the way he did back 10 years ago. Can he put Jon on his back, and if he does, can he capitalize on it?
“So it’s interesting. So I think there is an interest to it. It’s not a blowout,” he continued. “There’s something on paper where I sit there and go, ‘Oh sh-t, Brock you have no chance.’ Well, he could put him on his back, possibly. Run a double on him. If anybody could, I’d have to think maybe Brock could. And then would put Jon in an area that we really haven’t seen Jon fight from.”