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Midnight Mania! Video: 252-pound Jon Jones shows off Heavyweight power on pads

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Though he was incredibly dominant and set several records in the last decade, it is tough to argue against the idea that interest was beginning to wane in Jon Jones’ Light Heavyweight title reign. Of course, we cannot blame Jones for beating all the best contenders and moving on to Middleweights, but the general lack of compelling match ups seemed to affect his performances as well.

Fortunately, a Heavyweight move appears the perfect answer to both reinvigorating Jones and the fanbase. Since his transition in weight was announced, Jones has been carefully preparing, throwing more weight around than ever in an attempt to build muscle and remain strong against the biggest men on the roster.

However, almost all of his training clips have been in the weight room. It’s been some time since Jones has released footage of himself doing anything other than pressing iron or instructing others, but as he creeps towards a potential Summer return opposite either Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, Jones has begun picking up his martial arts training.

Here’s the first look at Jones flowing through some power kicks with longtime trainer Mike Winkeljohn. Then, the video switches over to Jones hitting mitts with striking coach Brandon Gibson.

There’s still a lot of time before Jones steps into the Octagon, but his long-awaited Heavyweight debut will prove a huge moment for “Bones.”

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Random Land

Satisfying.

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.