A Jon Jones win against Ciryl Gane in their upcoming fight to determine the UFC’s next heavyweight champion would signpost him as the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history, according to the former longtime 205-pound kingpin.
Jones will end his self-enforced three-year hiatus from the sport at UFC 285 on March 4 when he takes on the French former interim champion in what will be his heavyweight debut after an extensive spell of success in the light heavyweight fold since he first won 205-pound goal in 2011 in a fight opposite Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
Since then, every single one of Jones’ fights have been world title fights — and each and every time he has had his hand raised. Jones’ career, though, has been blighted by a handful of issues outside of the cage, but when it comes to what transpires inside the Octagon, Jones says that he has no equal — and especially so if he defeats Gane in what is literally his biggest challenge to date in a couple of weeks’ time.
“Of course, I want to perform at the highest level possible,” Jones said on Jimmy Smith’s podcast, via MMA Junkie. “I want to look great and not only do I want to win, I want to dominate. But, no, I’m not really thinking about the pressure of being pound-for-pound king.
“We all have our time of looking the absolute best in the world. I’m fighting for something that I believe is bigger, which is the greatest of all time, and I do believe a victory over Gane solidifies that.”