A question Jon Jones gets almost daily by fans is, will he move up to heavyweight? Or, when will he move up to heavyweight? The light heavyweight champion has been reigning over the division for years and looks to be out of contenders for the next few months while top-five fighters are fighting.
If he does move up, many are curious to see how he looks. Well, according to former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, believes Jon Jones could do well.
“Jon Jones is the No. 1 baddest guy on the planet… actually, he’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound in the world, so I think he could do very well in the heavyweight division,” dos Santos told MMA Fighting. “It’s kind of different. Not many different things, but more power on the punches, more power on the grappling, in everything.”
However, in Jon Jones’ last fight, he just edged out a split-decision win over Thiago Santos, who is ‘JDS’ teammate. For dos Santos, he believes ‘Bones’ did win the fight.
“I would say we couldn’t take the belt away from him,” dos Santos said. “You know, when you’re fighting for the title you have to make it clear that you won the title. It’s hard to say, man, because Marreta did so well. I was so happy for him. But it’s hard to say.
“What I’m gonna say right now is this: you need to do a little bit more than the normal, you have to make sure you won the fight to have the belt. So let’s go for the next one. I know that Marreta is gonna come back much, much stronger from this fight. Man, I have no doubts he’s gonna become the champion at some point.”
Regardless, whether or not Jon Jones will move up to heavyweight is to be seen. But, Junior dos Santos is confident he would do well in the new weight class.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime