JON JONES has revealed he vacated the UFC’s light-heavyweight title as a result of he knew his long-awaited transfer as much as heavyweight “would take a very long time”.
The consensus biggest light-heavyweight of all time relinquished the belt, which he defended a staggering 11 times, in August as a way to pursue the promotion’s heavyweight title – which is presently within the possession of Stipe Miocic.
Jon Jones has set his sights on claiming the UFC’s heavyweight titleCredit score: Zuffa
Jon Jones vacated the UFC’s light-heavyweight title in August
Jones’ determination to maneuver up in weight, which, for a lot of, has been lengthy overdue, got here after he ironed out his very public points with the UFC brass.
Not like champions of the previous, Jones opted to put aside the 205lb belt earlier than pursuing a second title.
And that call stemmed from his eagerness to make sure the division did not grind to a halt.
He instructed Bleacher Report: “The rationale why I made a decision to vacate the sunshine heavyweight belt and never hold onto it’s that I knew my transfer to heavyweight was going to take a very very long time.
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“I did not wish to be a type of athletes to decelerate the division.
“I really feel like I’ve held onto the sunshine heavyweight championship for therefore lengthy—I’ve ruined so many individuals’s desires of being the sunshine heavyweight champion—and now it is time for another person to have it.”
The prospect of retaining the title by no means crossed the thoughts of Jones, who added: “I assumed it was the appropriate factor to do for everybody else.
“I might have accomplished the egocentric factor and held onto it and provide you with a bunch of excuses and lied to the followers and stated I used to be going to come back again right down to gentle heavyweight and made all these guys wait. I did not wish to try this.”
Jones has no regrets about setting apart the title, which he admits he has no intention of recapturing.
He stated: “I’ve no intentions of ever going again to gentle heavyweight.”
Jones, 33, remains to be within the means of bulking up as a way to compete with the larger males he’ll face at heavyweight.
The long run Corridor-of-Famer is relishing mixing it with the UFC‘s huge boys, telling ESPN: “The sunshine heavyweight division was enjoyable, however I simply wasn’t frightened of these guys anymore.
“Like, none of them. And I believe it confirmed in a few of my performances.
“Clearly, I nonetheless skilled laborious. However there was no urgency in a few of my final fights.
“With these subsequent guys, I’m going to be going up towards, I respect these guys.
“These guys are intimidating – they’re intimidating as sh*t. It simply will get me up in an entire completely different method.”