Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC), a dominant aged UFC gentle heavyweight champion, relinquished his 205-pound belt and has been bulking as much as a heavyweight physique.
Having already each and every educated with and competed against Jones, Evans is aware of the more or much less skills he is and thinks “Bones” will dominate at heavyweight, no matter the alternate in weight class.
“Jon transferring up, it’s going to be a continuation of the legacy of Jon Jones,” Evans stated in an interview with TMZ. “Jon Jones is a ultimate-making an attempt athlete. He’s a ultimate-making an attempt fighter and his IQ inside the octagon, it must’t be surpassed by any one. So I seek information from of him to preserve that to the heavyweight division.
“The issues that I mediate might well well additionally give him some concerns is the truth that these guys are broad and they attain hit more troublesome. Nevertheless for the most fragment, here’s a great Jon Jones. Jon Jones can construct an adjustment to anything.”
Whereas the bodily transition has been a tender one for Jones, the negotiations haven’t been. Jones has been in a public spat with the UFC over pay and probably will take a seat out for the relaxation of 2021.
An intervening time heavyweight title battle between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane was announced as the UFC 265 headliner for Aug. 7. Nevertheless if Jones does come by the chance to ache UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC), Evans thinks that’ll be the one factual ache for him.
“The battle with Francis, that is one that is a truly sharp battle because he’s going against a guy that takes away some of the advantages that he’s been ready to revel in for thus long – being ready to possess a long attain, being ready to be the stronger fighter and all those diverse facets that he’s been ready to bring to the table,” Evans stated. “So it’s going to be engaging to gawk if he’s going to be ready to bring that to the heavyweight division. Nevertheless at the identical time, it’s no longer easy to impart that he received’t because here’s Jon Jones.
“I went backward and ahead just a few cases correct because the truth that Ngannou is rising at an exponential rate. His mindset has been entirely extra special relating to correct rising and rounding out the fragment of his sport that wasn’t so correct before, which is the grappling, and even figuring out programs to manipulate his vitality and no longer making an attempt to throw a no longer easy punch each and each time he lets his hands bolt. This Francis has grown loads, so it’s quiet so no longer easy to impart. And here’s another ingredient: He needs to battle Jon Jones. He’s no longer hoping it doesn’t occur – he needs to battle Jon Jones. He’s in search of that battle out, so that’s a one who’s a truly confident man.”