Jon Jones officially announced he had vacated the UFC light heavyweight title and would possibly walk away from the sport. Light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker believes Jon Jones would be successful if he moved up in weight to fight at heavyweight.
Jones later announced tweeted, “sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavyweight.” Rumors immediately circulated on the potential move to heavyweight and who the opponent would be. Johnny Walker believes Jon will be just fine at heavyweight.
“Jon Jones is a great athlete, one of the best of all-time,” Walker said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “He absolutely has the size, reach and strength to move up a weight class. I’m rooting for him, brother, because we depend on the success of all other athletes and their careers for us to continue fighting, right?
I hope he has a great debut at heavyweight when he does fight again.”
Walker has also teased a move to heavyweight but he is scheduled to fight on Sept. 19 against Ryan Spann.
“I want to move up heavyweight in the future, too,” Walker said. “I just hope (Jones) doesn’t retire because one of the fights I want the most in my life is against him, right? But I can’t think about it now, I have to think about my career. I have to get back to the wins, slowly get back to deserving the place I was conquering.
“I’ll fight Ryan Spann now, and then the next one. I don’t want big jumps. I’ll go slowly, fighting people according to the ranking. After Ryan Spann, maybe a top-10, nine, eight, and move up slowly. Working smarter and with no rush, because we can get there if we’re not in a hurry.”
UFC President confirmed Jones announcement on SportsCenter and confirmed the fight for the vacant light heavyweight strap.
“Yeah, it’s for the vacant title,” White said in regards to the fight between Reyes and Blachowicz being for the undisputed light heavyweight title.
“I know that Jon, right now, wants to take time to do things that he wants to do,” White said. “If you follow him on Instagram, he’s been doing a lot of shooting, likes to work with these attack dogs, lifts a lot of weights, and I think he’s having fun living his life a little bit. I think, when this whole heavyweight thing plays out, we’ll see what works for him.
“I don’t know, exactly, what the right outcome is gonna be but we’ll see.”