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Jon Jones makes case for Stipe Miocic bout: ‘This fight lines up perfectly’

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Jon Jones explains why he should get the next shot at the UFC heavyweight champion, not Francis Ngannou.

Jon Jones enjoys the fights in New Mexico on February 15, 2020. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

As you are probably aware of by now, Jon Jones recently vacated his UFC light heavyweight title so he can move up to heavyweight. He has been posting videos of his weightlifting workouts recently, and seems pretty intent on gaining size to compete with the biggest fighters in the UFC. But the big question is simple - will he get an immediate title shot against Stipe Miocic?

Francis Ngannou has definitely earned a rematch with Miocic, but Jones believes he should jump the line and get the next shot. On Twitter today, he laid out his reasoning as to why he should fight Stipe first:

“Stipe doesn’t want to fight Francis again because the first fight wasn’t close,” Jones said. “Looking at it from Stipe’s point of view, fighting Francis again is definitely more of a lose situation than a win.”

He continued one with three more Tweets on the topic:

“Stipe asked for a new challenge, why not fight the light heavyweight goat? Besides we’re way closer in size. What’s more exciting than that? By the time he heals up my body weight should be right where it needs to be. This fight lines up perfectly,” Jones said. “Stipe vs. Francis is high risk low reward. Stipe versus myself actually makes a lot of sense for both of us. Now you actually have a super fight. Stipe loses the fight is gone.”

His reasoning actually makes a lot of sense from multiple perspectives. It’s a new, fresh fight that we’ve never seen before, and Ngannou vs. the winner a huge fight as well. It remains to be seen if the UFC agrees with Jones, and there’s no timetable to Miocic’s return to the Octagon. But in the meantime, I’m sure we’ll hear plenty more from Jones about this.