Jon Jones Says Heavyweight Debut Delayed Until 2022

Whenever Jon Jones decides to make his UFC heavyweight debut, it'll be the biggest fight of the year...but according to the man himself, it won't be this year.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion isn't rushing to make his heavyweight debut and isn't planning on making his first walk to the octagon in the promotion's premier division until 2022.

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Jones took to Twitter to fire off a series of tweets to admit certain obstacles have delayed his change of division.

"Man, I'm telling you, I've always been the skinny one in my family. Becoming a proper heavyweight is a lot more difficult than I had ever anticipated. I want to do it right the first time."

The 33-year old followed up by outlining a potential timeline for his heavyweight debut.

"Honestly, I feel like the only people that it benefits, me jumping in there early are the other heavyweights. 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."

Jones would continue, responding to a fan who asked "another full year out?"

"Yes, I got a feeling you guys will still be around. The sport should be bigger than every by then. Always looking on the brighter side."

Jones (26-1) hasn't competed since February 2020 when he successfully defended the UFC light heavyweight championship against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.

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