We've been hearing about Jones' move to heavyweight and a shot at the belt for about three years now, but to date, we haven't received any concrete information about it. It is known that the UFC is trying to arrange a fight between him and Ngannou in the first half of next year, and everything else is speculation.
Jones hasn't fought since the second month of 2020 when he defeated Dominick Reyes in a very close fight, and after that he started announcing a move to heavyweight and started moving up in weight. In the second month, it will be three years since that, so fans have become a bit pessimistic about it.
But Georges St-Pierre is not pessimistic. He believes that Jones will not only move to heavyweight but also be very successful: “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 recently told MMA Fighting.
“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”.
He suspects Jones has handled the transition without health problems
“I’ve done it the wrong way,” St-Pierre said.
“I’ve tried to put on weight. I prepared myself a long time, I tried to eat and put on weight, but with the stress [on my body] it creates problems. If I would have to do it again, if I could come back and tell a younger Georges before he tried to put on weight, I would’ve told him to just stay the way [you were] at your natural weight, because you’re not going to have any health issues and you will perform even probably better.
But certain guys have different abilities. “I have a hard time putting on weight, that’s the way my body is; some guys, they can put on weight easier, depending on if you’re an endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph. A lot of guys have different tools, different ways of doing it, and it’s easier for them”.