Jon Jones Receives Stark Warning About Stipe Miocic’s Weight Gain From Ex-UFC Champion

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Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has received a rather stark warning from a former promotional champion about the recent size and mass increase of former heavyweight kingpin, Stipe Miocic – with Chris Weidman claiming the Ohio favorite is walking around in the region of 250lbs. 

Jones, a former two-time undisputed light heavyweight, is expected to return to the Octagon this year for the first time since February 2020, with a potential interim heavyweight title fight against Miocic floated in recent months, namely for a September pay-per-view card.

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As for Miocic, the former two-time heavyweight champion has been out of action since March of last year, where he suffered a thunderous second round knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in the pair’s championship rematch. 

Jon Jones has been warned to expect to share the Octagon with a stout Stipe Miocic

With the duo continually linked to a potential interim title fight before the close of the year, Weidman, a close friend of fellow former champion, Miocic, issued a warning to Jones regarding the size increase of the Ohio striker in recent months.

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“I see Jon Jones really working to gain size and Stipe (Miocic) was smaller,” Chris Weidman told The Schmo. “I’ve trained with Stipe, he’s one of my boys, I was hanging out with him last night. Bro, he got big, and he’s been doing it quietly. He’s like a solid 250 (pounds) right now. Solid, 250, and whenever he decides to come back, he’s a problem.”

“I don’t think Jon Jones wants that fight,” Chris Weidman speculated. “If he thinks he’s gonna be going against a 225 pound Stipe, he’s wrong. He’s got a big, strong boy that won’t stop coming forward, and believes in himself, and (is) very well-rounded. He’s a different beast right now. I’m telling you.” (Transcribed by Bloody Elbow)

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Weidman, a former undisputed middleweight champion, has been sidelined since April of last year, after he suffered a catastrophic compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula in the opening stages of his UFC 261 fight against Uriah Hall.