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Jon Jones says he’d like to fight three times in 2019

After returning to win the light heavyweight championship once again with a victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, Jon Jones seems ready to make up for time lost away from the Octagon. Following his win over Gustafsson, Jones took to his Instagram to let his intentions be known for 2019, stating that he’d like to fight three times and leave “zero doubt” of his dominance as champion.

Jones on his fighting plans in 2019:

“When the tides shift in your life you not only take notice, but follow where the momentum is taking you. In my heart and mind there has been a shift and it’s a hunger that’s raging. In the past I would fight then shut everything down while I filled my schedule with partying and nonsense, but in the aftermath of reclaiming my belt the only thing I want to do is get back in there. I want to step back into the cage and continue to prove why I’m the best light heavyweight in the world. I’m going to get with my team and keep the cerebral game rolling as well. I’m mapping out the year ahead and I’m absolutely going to kick the shit out of 2019. I want to fight three times this year and leave zero doubt of my dominance as a champion.”

Even more telling than Jones saying he wants to fight three times in 2019, is how he ended his statement, taking focus on the light heavyweight division and the new contenders in the division There has been plenty of speculation about Jones moving up to the heavyweight division to either challenge Daniel Cormier or other top contenders, but on his Instagram, Jones sounds pretty set on staying at light heavyweight, for now.

“So to those fighters in my division go ahead and line up, because you’re all getting it. The King has returned and no one is sleeping easy but me now that I’m back. Same crown, same reign, new faces, more pain. That’s what I’m bringing in 19.”

As the champion seems focused to stay at light heavyweight, there will be no shortage of contenders as fresh faces Anthony Smith, Dominick Reyes, and others could be next in line for Jon Jones.

Here is Jon Jones’ complete Instagram post:

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When the tides shift in your life you not only take notice, but follow where the momentum is taking you. My family and I came to Santa Monica after the fights to unwind, unplug and put the focus on those beautiful things that matter most in my life. I also ate a lot of chocolate cake but don’t knock my hustle because I earned that shit! But on the real, over last few days something profound registered in me. In my heart and mind there has been a shift and it’s a hunger that’s raging. In the past I would fight then shut everything down while I filled my schedule with partying and nonsense, but in the aftermath of reclaiming my belt the only thing I want to do is get back in there. I want to step back into the cage and continue to prove why I’m the best light heavyweight in the world. I’m flying home tonight and heading right back to the gym to continue building my skillset. I’m going to get with my team and keep the cerebral game rolling as well. I’m mapping out the year ahead and I’m absolutely going to kick the shit out of 2019. I want to fight 3 times this year and leave zero doubt of my dominance as a champion. I’m going to do this because that’s what my passion dictates, but it’s also what you fans deserve. You’ve been down with me through thick and thin, and 2019 is going to be incredible. It’s all due to the fact I know what matters and why. So to those fighters in my division go ahead and line up because you’re all getting it. The King has returned and no one is sleeping easy but me now that I’m back. Same crown same reign new faces more pain. That’s what I’m bringing in 19.

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