Jon Jones is one of the most dominant fighters to have ever fought in the UFC. He’s also been sidelined for a substantial amount of time following the breakdown in his relationship with the UFC after the demand for more money.
The problems in his relationship with the UFC left him ‘benched’ by White and company. During the lay off, Jones decided to move up to heavyweight and is often spotted with his new physique.
In August of 2020, Jones vacated his light heavyweight belt and stated that he was gonna start working on building muscle so he could move up in weight.
Nearly two years later, Jones appears to be ready as he looks physically bigger and more muscular in recent pictures shared on his social media.
Given the several occasions in which Jones has been flagged by USADA for use of PEDs, the fans are as suspicious as ever.
Jones also posted videos of himself pulling off an impressive 585lbs/265kg deadlift.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has praised his former rival, Jon Jones, for “getting out of the box” with his training.
‘Bones’ was barred from his longtime gym, JacksonWink MMA, following the former champion’s latest arrest in 2021. With the split, Jones is now forced to find another place to train. He then ended up training with Olympic Gold medalist and former double champ Henry Cejudo.
Regarding the “out of the box” move by Jones, former rival Rashad Evans praised the Albuquerque native.
“I do like him training with ‘Triple C,’ and i like it because he’s in a new environment and he’s being challenged with new training activities,” Evans said on ESPN (transcribed by MMA Mania). “Jiri Prochazka’s out there and a couple different training partners. He even trained with some high level Olympic wrestlers which is really going to bring his wrestling to another level.”
“And it’s also going to add another element to the heavyweight game that he’s going to have to implement, being able to grapple. So I like him training there and getting out of the box in Albuquerque is not a bad thing at all. Sometimes you can be a big fish in a small pond and you gotta go out there and expand your horizons.”