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Midnight Mania! Jan Blachowicz doesn’t believe Jon Jones will fight again: ‘He’s afraid to lose’

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It’s been 33 months since Jon Jones made the walk to UFC’s Octagon. In one of the most difficult and controversial fights on his lengthy championship career, Jones managed to defend his Light Heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. After his 11th title defense, Jones relinquished his title and took to the sidelines to prepare for a shot at Heavyweight gold.

Jones has gained plenty of size and strength in his offseason, yet a return date remains unannounced. Up until recently, there was hope that Jones would challenge Stipe Miocic for an interim title in 2022, but UFC President Dana White confirmed that wasn’t happening just a few weeks ago.

Will the Miocic bout be booked at a later date? Will Jones return be delayed all the way until Francis Ngannou is healthy again, potentially lining up that super fight? Or will Jones spend even longer preparing for a move that never seems to materialize?

It’s all up in the air, and former UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin Jan Blachowicz has a theory. Blachowicz was the first champion in the post-Jones era, and he repeatedly tried to line up a fight versus “Bones.” Obviously, that never happened, and Blachowicz offered a potential reason why.

“I don’t believe Jon Jones will be back to fighting anymore. I think he’s afraid to lose so much that he will do everything to not come back. There was a time when he dominate completely our division,” Blachowicz said (via Cole Shelton). “After a couple of years, everybody catch his level, and it was very hard for him to win the fight. Like with Dominick Reyes, it was a very, very close fight. Everybody who fight against him, it was a close fight. Closer and closer. So, I think he started feeling that he’s not so good anymore, that we are growing up, catching his level, and finally someone will stop him. I think the reason he doesn’t want to fight is that he’s afraid to lose.”

It remains to be seen if Blachowicz’s prediction comes true or if “Bones” shuts down all the criticism next year. As for the wielder of “Polish Power,” Blachowicz is set to duel Magomed Ankalaev in a likely title eliminator at UFC 282 — the very card Jones supposedly was going to headline!

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