ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

The UFC's heavyweight division is in disarray at the moment, with both the champion Fabricion Werdum, and the top contender Cain Velasquez, sidelined with injuries.

With both of them dropping out of a scheduled match-up within days of each other, there's now no clear main event to be made at UFC 196.

That is... unless the UFC does something very, very bold.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has thrown his hat into the mix. Jones was stripped of his title after a suspension following a hit-and-run he was involved in last year. With his suspension now lifted though, many expect Jones to return to LHW, and challenge Daniel Cormier for the belt.

Some have suggested that instead, Jones (now having bulked up to a considerable 235 lbs) should step in and face Stipe Miocic for the title.

What does Jones think? He's very down, as long as it's for the championship.

It would undoubtedly be a very interesting move for the UFC to not only allow Jones to return at a different weight class, but also immediately challenge for the belt in a division he's never competed in. After allowing Conor McGregor to move up a weight class in an attempt to become the first simultaneous two-division champ though, really anything is possible.

It also doesn't hurt that Jones is actively training, and putting on a lot of muscle at that, fueling rumors that he was planning on a heavyweight run anyways.

Regardless, while it's definitely an intriguing idea, with less than two weeks left to organize something, it's entirely up in the air as to whether or not UFC 196 will proceed with any kind of heavyweight title fight at all.


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