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Not-selfish Jon Jones never returning to 205: ‘I’ve ruined so many people’s dreams’


#Former #Ultimate #Fighting #Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion #Jon #Jones, after years of dominating the 205-pound weight class, is giving back to the division by moving up to heavyweight and letting the rest of the field learn how to dream again.

“The reason why I decided to vacate the light heavyweight belt and not hang onto it is that I knew my move to heavyweight was going to take a really long time,” #Jones told #Bleacher #Report. “I didn’t want to be one of those athletes to slow down the division. I feel like I’ve held onto the light heavyweight championship for so long — I’ve ruined so many people’s dreams of being the light heavyweight champion — and now it’s time for someone else to have it.”

#Jones surrendered his light heavyweight title earlier this year and plans to make his heavyweight debut at some point in mid-to-late 2021. #If the rest of the roster sticks to the script, then “Bones” will meet the winner of #Stipe #Miocic vs. #Francis #Ngannou, who are expected to rematch in either #March or #April.

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“I thought it was the right thing to do for everyone else,” #Jones said. “I could have done the selfish thing and held onto it and come up with a bunch of excuses and lied to the fans and said I was going to come back down to light heavyweight and made all these guys wait. I didn’t want to do that. I have no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight.”

#Perhaps a couple of #Shoryukens from this murderous power puncher might change his mind.



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