A move up to heavyweight always seemed to be the final frontier for Jon Jones. The longtime UFC light heavyweight champion, and current interim light heavyweight champion, stoked the flames of a potential shift up in weight for years, stating often that it was a goal he wanted to achieve once he had cleaned out the 205-pound division for good.
However, after seeing the effect his newfound sobriety has had on his lanky 6’4″ frame, Jones no longer views the move towards heavyweight as something in his future plans.
“I’m looking at it as, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Jones said this week on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “You know, I used to eat bad and party all the time, and that made me think, well, maybe I won’t be able to manage staying at this size, staying at this weight. But you know, now, I’ve calmed myself down quite a bit through a life of sobriety and just a different outlook on my career and everything.
“I eat healthier naturally, and I just make better decisions naturally, so my weight cut has been better. I walk around with a better physique than I used to. I just feel and treat myself better, and I’m also almost 30 years old, so I’m not hitting any growth spurts this late in my life. So I’ve got a feeling that I can stay at this weight class for a long time.”
Jones, 28, is currently scheduled to rematch Daniel Cormier in a title unification match on July 9 in the main event of UFC 200. The moment is a long time in the making for Jones — who was stripped of his 205-pound title in April 2015 for his role in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M. — and comes just ….View full article
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