It’s been nearly two years since Jon Jones stepped into the UFC octagon but the former champ is carefully plotting his return, which he shared the details of this week.
Jones pitched two routes — one early in the year and one in the summer — with a January title bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane dictating some of his thought process.
“I’m looking to fight somewhere in April, possibly Madison Square Garden, or a total opposite date, possibly July at International Fight Week,” Jones told Albuquerque TV station KRQE. “Those are the two dates that I’m kind of eying. I think it’ll depend on who wins in January between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, and we’ll just take it from there.”
Jones has had a series of issues outside the octagon that has kept him from fighting, including a domestic violence incident in September in Las Vegas. The 34-year-old has tried to put that all aside as he transitions to heavyweight working with Henry Cejudo in Arizona.
Jones had to say some really good words for his coach. He said that he’s very family-oriented. He loves martial arts with all of his heart, and he’s a man of God, as well. He really enjoy the way he’s taken me under his wing and just shown me a different way of looking at the game. Not just the martial arts game, but the game of life. They talk about happiness and being real with emotions.
It will be amazing to see Jon back in the octagon again. The matchups that he is planning are also quite mouthwatering. UFC fans witness some real good fights in the near future if everything goes well.