Jon Jones is back.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight stalwart is officially set to make his long-awaited heavyweight debut on March 4, 2023 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In doing so, Jones is put in charge of former interim heavyweight title Ciryl Gane in an undisputed vacant title deal.
Before that event takes place, another former light heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira, will attempt to reclaim his crown from Jamahal Hill this weekend (Saturday January 21, 2023) at UFC 283. Teixeira’s career UFC title came in April 2014 against the man known as “Bones,” and nearly a decade later, Teixeira has nothing but praise and high hopes for his old foe. .
“I want to see Jon Jones,” Teixeira told ESPN. ” It’s hard to say. Jon Jones is definitely the greatest Light Heavyweight fighter of all time. Great fighter, incredible athletic ability. It’s just time. We haven’t seen Jon Jones. I’ve never seen him train, I don’t know Jon Jones very well.
“It’s easier when you ask me a question that I know a little bit about the guy,” he continued. “I know, ‘Ah, I see him training, he looks good, he looks amazing.’ I haven’t seen Jon Jones practice, but I can’t wait to see.
Punters have already released numbers for the recently announced heavyweight clash. The lines are already tossing and dropping, but Jones opened up as Gane’s slight underdog after the initial announcement last weekend (January 14, 2023).
Similar to most fans, Teixeira would have liked to see the big game between Jones and former champion Francis Ngannou, but admits it’s just nice to see a talent like Jones back then.
“Jon Jones is an amazing fighter and I’m actually surprised he’s already the underdog,” Teixeira said. ” He is incredible. I so wanted to see him with Francis, you know? That’s the fight I want to see, but now with Ciryl Gane, it’s going to be a great fight. I hope Jon Jones comes back as motivated as he was when he was at Light Heavyweight and is a great champion.
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