Jon Jones’ competing in the heavyweight category is perhaps the biggest change as we head into a new decade. “Bones” was one of the most revered champions in the 205-pound category for a major part of the last decade. And save for a few drug-related incidents, held on to the title for a significant amount of time.
Moving on to the heavyweight category puts Jones in a direct bout against the winner of the Francis Ngannou vs. Stipe Miocic matchup. This could prove to be a risky move for Bones, who’s usually considered a calculated fighter in punter circles amongst best boxing betting sites.
Top Welterweight fighter Gilbert Burns took to YouTube to express his opinion on the move. “Jon Jones in heavyweight? I don’t think that’s a great idea. It’s not an easy path with guys like Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic in the same league. My prediction is Ngannou beats Stipe and then faces Jones. I don’t think I like that very much”, Burns said.
“If Jones goes out against Ngannou, he (Ngannou) is going to knock him out cold. What is Jones planning to do about it? When you face a beating like that after a winning streak, it’s going to be very difficult”, Burns added.
The Challenges Ahead
However, it’s not just Ngannou’s record-breaking punch that turns Burns off Jones’ move. Burns believes a number of other heavyweight contenders could give Jones a tough time in the segment.
“I don’t know if it’s just me, but there are quite a few bad matchups for him in the heavyweight category. For instance, Curtis Blaydes is a great striker and wrestler, and his punches land very hard. Then there’s Alistair Overeem, Byade’s training partner. While Jonas is chasing matches and oppositions that could boost his portfolio, it involves a high degree of risks too”, Burns later added.