Georges St.Pierre enjoys the new Jon Jones.
At a UFC fan St.Pierre’s recent Q&A St.Pierre was asked about Jones’ success at heavyweight. Jones, the UFC’s most decorated champion at 205 weights has three titles to his credit (including an interim title victory in 2016),). He is now waiting for his first booking at his new weight after having trained for it for two years.
St.Pierre is confident that Jones’ talents will lead to an impressive run in UFC’s largest division.
“Jon Jones is known to be the best in the sport, but he never fought at heavyweight,” St-Pierre said. It will be fascinating to see how Jones adapts to heavyweight. After a lengthy layoff Jon Jones is confident that he has the ability to return like he did when he held his reign as light heavyweight champion. I just don’t know how it’s going to play out.
“It is one of those things where time can alter the data but we still don’t know all the X factors. I’m very excited, it’s a great time to be a UFC fan, especially when I look at what is going on in the heavyweight division.”
St-Pierre has personal familiarity with Jones from their brief time together as star fighters under the tutelage of Greg Jackson. While St-Pierre reigned as the UFC’s welterweight king, Jones eventually became the youngest champion in UFC history and successfully went on to defend the light heavyweight title 11 times in total.
It has been a while since St-Pierre has seen Jones in person, but based on what he saw the last time they met up, he likes Jones’ chances against current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and former champion Stipe Miocic.
” When I last saw Jon Jones, it was one year ago. He had gained a lot of weight,” St Pierre said. He seemed to be at ease with that weight so I believed that he would return to the same level as in light heavyweight, but with more muscle and mass. So I don’t know. As a fan, I want to see him like he was at light heavyweight and perhaps even better than he was, but he has great challenges ahead.
“He will take on Stipe and Francis, if all goes well. It’s hard to predict how this will play out but it is going to be an entertaining fight .”