Jones has bad news for anyone hoping to see him return anytime soon

Jon Jones has revealed that it could be another twelve months before we see him back inside the octagon again.

Jones, 33, hasn’t competed since last February when he controversially beat Dominick Reyes in his final fight at 205 pounds. For the remainder of 2020 and the start of 2021, fans have been eagerly anticipating his move up to heavyweight.

There was a growing feeling that a huge showdown between Jones and Francis Ngannou was nailed on, though those hopes have faded for now.

What next?

During his latest string of posts on social media, Jones stunned fans by suggesting it could take him another year to get in the right shape to compete in the heavyweight division.

“Man I’m telling you, I’ve always been the skinny one in my family. Becoming a proper heavy weight is a lot more difficult than I had ever anticipated. I want to do it right the first time.” Jones wrote in one tweet.

“Honestly I feel like the only people that it benefits, me jumping in their early are the other heavy weights. The way I’m training, I’m gonna be a real problem this time next year. I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’ll do” He continued.

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In response to a fan who questioned the time this could take up, Jones seemed to double down on the idea.

“Yes, I got a feeling you guys will still be around. The sport should be bigger than ever by then.. Always looking on the bright side”

Whether he returns in a month or a year, you can bet his recent animosity with Dana White and the UFC will only heighten the anticipation for his heavyweight bow.

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When it comes to Francis Ngannou, he’s set to defend the UFC heavyweight title for the first time against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 this August.

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