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Georges St-Pierre backs Jon Jones to succeed at heavyweight

Give Me Sport logo Give Me Sport 28/11/2022 Harry Kettle
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Georges St-Pierre has explained why he expects to see Jon Jones succeed when he moves to heavyweight.

The greatest of all time conversation is one that, at least in mixed martial arts, is pretty fascinating.

The main reason for that is simple: the sport isn’t particularly old, meaning that most of the fighters involved in the debate are still pretty relevant.

Two that stand out above many are none other than Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones.

Read more: Georges St-Pierre gives his thoughts on Jon Jones’ heavyweight future

While GSP hasn’t been an active competitor for almost four years since retiring, there’s still a lot of hope in the air regarding the future of Jones – also known as the best light heavyweight in the history of MMA.

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He hasn’t fought since early 2020 but a move from 205 pounds up to heavyweight is seemingly imminent, with the expectation being that it could come in the first quarter of next year.

When St-Pierre was asked about the potential that Jon has in that particular weight class during a recent interview, he had the following to say.

Video: Georges St-Pierre looks forward to Jon Jones’ comeback

“I’ve seen it on the red carpet when I got inducted into the [UFC] Hall of Fame. I took a picture and I put my arm around him, I was like, ‘Man, he’s solid like a rock.’ He’s huge,” St-Pierre said. “Jon Jones, he’s solid like a rock, he looked huge.

“And it looked like he put the weight at the right place. I can’t wait. I’m a fan of Jon Jones, I like to see him fight. I can’t wait to see him come back. A lot of people are like, ‘Yeah, he was out for a long time.’ He was out for a long time, but he’s Jon Jones, you know what I mean? Don’t forget that he’s Jon Jones. He’s arguably the best fighter of all-time too. He can make a comeback and I think he’s going to be successful when he does.”

Who will he fight?

A parade of potential opponents have been suggested for the return of Jon Jones and while it seemed like Stipe Miocic was a frontrunner for a while, the UFC apparently couldn’t get a deal over the finish line in time for UFC 282.

Read more: UFC 285: Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou main event in the works

Now, he looks to be heading straight to the top as Francis Ngannou awaits to defend the UFC heavyweight championship.


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