Back when Jon Jones made his UFC debut in 2008 against Andre Gusmao, he was only 21 years old. The light-heavyweight division at that time was quite stacked and ‘Bones’ went on to face absolute killers like Stephan Bonnar, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, etc., and went on to win the championship in 2011 becoming the youngest UFC champion in UFC at just 23 years old.
A lot of time has passed since then and Jones has moved on to heavyweight to become a two-division champion by defeating Ciryl Gane. Many fans were excited to see Jon pitted against new-gen prospects such as Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich. But even the best of fighters have to hang up their gloves eventually and we may have some update on ‘Bones’s retirement from Dana White himself.
Jon Jones gives hilarious response to speculation about future
Even though the heavyweight champion has a lot of controversies surrounding him outside the ring, he has usually always tried to maintain a cheerful attitude. Recently, a fan commented on his socials, asking Jones about what he is going to do after UFC 295. The fan jokingly said that Jon might have to fight Batman after no one else is left for him to fight.
Maintaining his humorous attitude, “Bones” did not seem to let the comment bother him at all. Instead, he replied to the fan saying “next I may just kick you a**” and added some emojis. The Rochester native has managed to garner the image of a “bad guy” in the scenario of UFC but he has never really misbehaved with his fans.
Dana White’s major update on Jon Jones’ retirement decision
After gaining the heavyweight title by defeating Ciryl Gane in UFC 285, Jon has indicated multiple times his wish of hanging up the gloves for good. After nearly 13 years in UFC, it seems the champion is finally going to step out of the Octagon permanently. At the UFC 285 presser, he said, “I got at least one more in me. That’s what I’m gonna give the fans”.
At a conversation with Mike Tyson, Dana also had some things to say about Jones and his decision about retiring. White said, “Jon’s talking about retiring after that fight, but we will see what happens. We’ll see how it plays out. I think it will depend on what challenges are out there for him after that fight.”
Considering the fact that “Bones” does not usually shy away from a good challenge, it is entirely possible that he would put his retirement on hold if he sees a promising fighter coming his way. Furthermore, he has not yet officially announced his retirement, thus fans might have some more opportunities of seeing Jon in the Octagon going forward.
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