Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is confident that he would defeat Jon Jones decisively if they fought.
“Bones” recently vacated his light heavyweight belt and made it clear that he expects to fight at heavyweight in his next bout.
Werdum is currently a free agent but he recently expressed interest in fighting the former light heavyweight champ. In an interview with MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, Werdum said that Jones is a natural heavyweight.
He said that Bones would have “no problem” moving up to heavyweight as the fighter has been a heavyweight “for a long time.”
Although his next fight may not be in the UFC, Werdum said he loved the idea of competing against Jones. He continued, “I’m just confident. One hundred percent I finish him too. I finish Jon Jones too, one hundred percent.”
Werdum made it clear that with his confidence and training, he can finish anyone in the division.
The former heavyweight champ is coming off a victory over Alexander Gustafsson in July during UFC on ESPN. Werdum is currently testing free agency and has also been linked to a Bellator match with Fedor Emelianenko.
Bones has expressed interest in fighting either heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, however they have been linked together for the next divisional title fight. If Jones elects to wait to fight one of those two, he will likely be shelved for the rest of 2020 and possibly early 2021.
If Werdum does stay in the UFC, a fight between him and Bones could make sense. Jones would have the opportunity to make a mark in the division by defeating a former champion and Werdum would have the chance to add another massive name to his mantel.
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Werdum Won the UFC Heavyweight Belt in 2015 & Has Notable Victories Over MMA Legends
Werdum, who is known as one of the greatest heavyweights ever, has a professional MMA record of 24-9 and one draw. He is one of the greatest grapplers in the game and 12 of his victories have come via submission.
He won the UFC heavyweight championship when he defeated Cain Velasquez in 2015. He holds notable wins over big names, including Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.
Jones Announced He Was Vacating His Title Last Week, Moving Up to Heavyweight
Last week, Bones revealed he was vacating his light heavyweight championship. Jones took to Twitter, writing, “Just got off the phone with [UFC], today I confirm that I’m vacating the light heavyweight championship. It’s officially up for grabs. It’s been an amazing journey, sincere thank you to all my competition, UFC and most importantly you fans.”
Just got off the phone with @Ufc, today I confirm that I’m vacating the light heavyweight championship. It’s officially up for grabs. It’s been an amazing journey, sincere thank you to all my competition, Ufc and most importantly you fans.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 17, 2020
A little while later, Jones tweeted that he and the UFC had a “really positive discussion” and he intended to go to heavyweight for his next bout. He wrote, “Sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavyweight. All good news, the weight gaining process begins.”
Just had a really positive conversation with @Ufc. Sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavy weight. All good news, the weight gaining process begins.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 17, 2020
On Tuesday night, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he wouldn’t be rushing Jones back into the Octagon. He said via MMA Junkie, “Last time we talked to Jon Jones, Jon Jones said he was going to take some time and do his things he’s into right now and take some time, and when there’s a right fight, he’ll give us a call.”
As reported by MMA Fighting, in terms of if Jones deserves an immediate title shot at heavyweight, White said, “Of course.”
The president views Bones as an undefeated fighter. Jones has one official loss on his record, a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill in a fight Bones was dominating.
Taking aim at the referee for the bout, Steve Mazzagatti, White said, “I mean realistically, Jon Jones is undefeated. He’s never been beat. [Referee Steve] Mazzagatti’s been out of the game for years. I don’t mean to keep beating this guy up, but you know. Jon Jones is undefeated.”