Jon Jones Hints at UFC 282 Return

Jon Jones Hints at UFC 282 Return

By Abdullah Ouazri
Friday, August 19th 2022, 5:14AM, about 2 months ago

Jon Jones has hinted in a tweet that he will fight at UFC 282 on December 10th. He tweeted out the event number and the plan for his Heavyweight debut.

My goal, my dream is to have my first heavyweight title fight look like my first light heavyweight title fight. Pure domination.
- Jon Jones via Twitter

Jon Jones (26-1 1NC, 20-1 1NC UFC) is considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, if not the greatest. He holds the record for most UFC wins in title fights with 14. His 18-fight unbeaten streak is the longest in UFC history, and he became the youngest ever UFC champion at 23 years old. All of these are met with scrutiny, however, as there is just as much controversy surrounding them as there is glory.

He has tested positive multiple times for banned performance-enhancing drugs and has a strong tendency to foul his opponents inside the octagon. Most notably losing to Matt Hamill via DQ, and landing an illegal knee on Anthony Smith during their title fight that nearly saw him stripped of the belt.

Perhaps most notorious of all, though, are his actions outside of the octagon. Jon was arrested last year for domestic abuse and was even forced out of his gym. He has suffered from alcoholism and drug abuse throughout his career and has been involved in several legal disputes.

He continued to push through this, however, and has firmly cemented his legacy in the sport. His last fight was 2 and a half years ago against Dominick Reyes. Jones won the fight by unanimous decision, but alas, there was controversy. The fight was widely regarded as a 'robbery' with most fans and MMA media scoring the fight for his opponent Reyes, who won the first 3 rounds on the Verdict Scorecard.

Dominick Reyes win the first 3 rounds vs. Jon Jones on the Verdict Scorecard. Credits to: Verdict MMA
Dominick Reyes win the first 3 rounds vs. Jon Jones on the Verdict Scorecard. Credits to: Verdict MMA

Jones later vacated the Light Heavyweight championship and promised a move up to Heavyweight. This move has been years in the making and will seemingly take place at UFC 282.

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