Jon Jones Tweets, Apparently Vacates Light Heavyweight Title

This past weekend saw the end of a trilogy between champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones was looking on rather eagerly giving his own play-by-play commentary on the fight. This asked the question on whether the current light-heavyweight champion was planning his next move against the cream of the crop one division above at heavyweight.

Jones himself has flirted with the idea quite a bit in the past. He had previously offered to step up to face off against number one contender in the heavyweight division Francis Ngannou. UFC president Dana White apparently cut that idea down once Jones came looking for more money in order to make the jump.

After not getting what he felt he deserved ‘Bones’ made the decision to “retire” from combat sports. At that time he said if he was not going to get payed what he felt he deserved to compete that he would prefer to walk away. Jones in his comments and his actions seemed to double down on that statement today.

News broke earlier today of a reported fight that is in the works at 205 lbs. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that a fight between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz was in the works for September 26. He also mentioned that the UFC were in talks with Jones to find out his next move.

The wait to find out Jon Jones’ next move wasn’t long. The light heavyweight champion came to Twitter to announce that he is to vacate his title. He also mentioned that he will remain in the USADA testing pool for the next six months. This would mean that there is some hope that a move to heavyweight and a fight with Stipe Miocic could still happen.

It has yet to be confirmed if the Reyes vs. Blachowicz fight is to be contested for the light heavyweight strap. All the signs are pointing towards that being the case. Stay in touch with SevereMMA for all the latest updates regarding this situation.

Ian O'Neill is the host of the SevereMMA UFC Preview show and one of the co-hosts of The Auld Triangle - Irish MMA podcast. You can find more of Ian's work on the SevereMMA Patreon where he co-hosts The Chasing Pack and The Contender. Follow him on Twitter and on Instagram @ioneillmma

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