Jon Jones came back to the Octagon in December 2018. Before that, he was out for nearly a year and a half because of a failed illegal substances test. In his return, Alexander Gustafsson welcomed him to the Octagon at UFC 232. Jones secured the victory via TKO in round 3 and was once again the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of the world.
In 2019, Jones proceeded to defend his title at UFC 235 against Anthony Smith, where he won the contest via unanimous decision. At UFC 239, Jones defended his title again in a somewhat controversial split decision against Thiago Santos. This year, in February, at UFC 237, Jones was never closer to the defeat when he faced Dominick Reyes and defended his title for the third time in less than a year.
When we speak about Jon, we speak about one of them, if not the greatest of all time. With that title, also comes a lot of possible challenges. Here are the fighters Jon could face in his next bout.
Dominick Reyes II
Facing Reyes was the closest Jon was ever to the defeated. He hardly found solutions to Reyes’ athleticism and power but managed to go to the distance and secure the win. Rematch with Reyes is inevitable, but the only question is will it happen immediately, or will the UFC first match Santos and Reyes to see who will gain another opportunity at dethroning “Bones”.
Probably the next option for Light Heavyweight champ. Jones is known (and has) most title defenses in history, and taking contenders out is his job. Jan is now the number one contender and the two will probably fight sometime soon. Maybe even at Fight Island. Jan is 7-1 in his last eight matches with the last three being the victories over Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, and Corey Anderson.
If this one would happen, it would be one of the biggest fights in history. And it will probably happen. But, not yet. Israel has few contenders at the middleweight he has to take out. And Jones also has a job at light heavyweight. This bout will happen, as both have already stated. But now, is just too soon.
With the victory over Francis, Jon Jones will be unquestionably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Without a doubt. But, if Jones was about to go up to heavyweight and face someone like Francis Ngannou, there must be something for “Bones”. And that something is the heavyweight belt. The only way for this fight to happen is if Ngannout manages to capture the heavyweight title and the two can square off for the belt.