Jon “Bones” Jones is a towering figure in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Jones has undeniably matured as a fighter inside the octagon, knocking down one legendary figure after another since becoming the youngest UFC champion at just 23. Despite taking intermittent breaks during his sensational journey, Jones is far from closing the book on his already legendary career.
Achieving the superstar status he now enjoys wasn’t a solo act. The caliber of his opponents played a pivotal role, as illustrated by his longstanding rivalry with Daniel Cormier. This dynamic pushed both fighters into the limelight, leaving a lasting impact on the sport. Now at 36, and with a faceoff against former two-time champ Stipe Miocic slated for UFC 295 in November, questions arise about how much longer Jones will stick around and who else is on his radar in the heavyweight division.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Cormier discussed Jones’ potential to elevate up-and-coming heavyweight contenders. “Why would he? Back in the day, most of us were already in our 30s when we faced Jones. I was 35 during our first bout, and he was already ‘the man.’ Then he transitioned to fighting younger talent like Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, and Dominick Reyes, and seemed to think, ‘Meh, not as electrifying.'”
Earlier this week on the OverDogs podcast, Jones was rather laudatory about heavyweight prospects Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall. Though he still has a hunger for challenges, he doesn’t view these emerging talents as financially viable opponents.
Cormier thinks that at this stage, it’s not about the opponent. The sheer magnetism Jones brings to any fight ensures audience interest. “He generated over 700,000 buys against Ciryl Gane. He’d probably net the same figures against Tom Aspinall or Sergei Pavlovich. So what’s his angle? Is he avoiding these fresh, heavy-hitting, full-throttle fighters?”
Warnings and Callouts
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Rivalries and Regrets
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Comebacks and Contenders
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On Social Media
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Wishing you all a fabulous Friday and a splendid start to September. Stay tuned for more next week!
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