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‘This isn’t a kickboxing match’: Jon Jones assured in hanging forward of Ciyrl Gane showdown

On paper, Jon Jones has never faced a bigger test — but that isn’t affecting his confidence one bit. On March 5 the former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion will return to the UFC Octagon as a heavyweight where he will take on France’s Ciyrl Gane in a bout to contest the organisation’s vacant heavyweight

‘This isn’t a kickboxing match’: Jon Jones assured in hanging forward of Ciyrl Gane showdown

On paper, Jon Jones has by no means confronted an even bigger take a look at — however that isn’t affecting his confidence one bit.

On March 5 the previous longtime UFC gentle heavyweight champion will return to the UFC Octagon as a heavyweight the place he’ll tackle France’s Ciyrl Gane in a bout to contest the organisation’s vacant heavyweight championship, in what will likely be Jones’ first step into the UFC’s largest weight class.

Gane, the excellent kickboxer, is taken into account to be a stern take a look at to Jones’ heavyweight credentials — notably after Jones struggled at instances (or a minimum of seemed human) in his two most up-to-date fights in opposition to Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos. However Jones says that his expertise in preventing a few of the most spectacular strikers in gentle heavyweight historical past will stand him in good stead in opposition to Gane, even when he’s surrendering a few of the top and attain he used so impressively at 205-pounds.

No I don’t, Thiago Santos, Lyoto Machida the checklist goes on. I fought many guys who have been nasty on their toes. Guys with very intimidating one strike knockout energy. I really feel fairly comfy, and that is positively not a kickboxing match. https://t.co/uuMBRDu4QL

— BONY (@JonnyBones) February 15, 2023

“No I don’t”, Jones stated to a fan on Twitter after he was requested if he believes Gane to be the sternest risk he may have confronted on the toes. “Thiago Santos, Lyoto Machida, the checklist goes on. I fought many guys who have been nasty on their toes. Guys with very intimidating one strike knockout energy. I really feel fairly comfy, and that is positively not a kickboxing match.”

It stays to be see precisely how Jones’ confidence will translate into the cage within the UFC 285 essential occasion subsequent month, or if he’s in for a harsh dose of actuality as he ends his three-year hiatus from blended martial arts. However, as ever with this sport, we don’t have to attend lengthy to search out out.

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