UFC superstar Jon Jones has certainly put on the beef ahead of his long-awaited move up to heavyweight.
The former long-reigning light-heavyweight king has been hitting the weights hard for the best part of a year in a bid to add on the pounds.
Jon Jones’ lean and mean physique is now a thing of the past[/caption]
The UFC superstar has been hard at work in the gym ahead of his proposed move up to heavyweight[/caption]
And his once lean frame has certainly reaped the rewards of all the hours spent pumping iron.
Pound-for-pound king Jones, 33, is currently walking around at a whopping 255lbs (18 stone, 2lbs).
Bones’ new walk-around weight is a staggering 32.5lbs (two stone, 3lbs) heavier than his normal pre-fight weight.
The New York native’s physique is no longer as lean and defined as it once was.
But he won’t be fussed about that as he bids to tangle with the behemoths in the UFC‘s super-stacked heavyweight division.
In January, Jones said of his bulk: “It feels good to not be depriving myself of food anymore, can’t fit any of my suits but I’m moving well.”
Jones, who is considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time, hasn’t set foot inside the octagon in over 16 months.
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Jon Jones lands a kick on Thiago Santos in July 2019[/caption]
Jones wants to be financially compensated for his eagerly-anticipated move up in weight but has yet to agree on a suitable number with the promotion.
And he believes he deserves upwards of £7.25million ($10m) for a super-fight with newly-crowned heavyweight king Francis Ngannou.
In May, he tweeted: “I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago.
“As of right now I expressed to him that anywhere around eight to $10 million would be way too low for a fight of this magnitude. That’s all that has been discussed so far.
Jon Jones is currently embroiled in a bitter pay row with the UFC brass[/caption]
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“I believe I was grossly underpaid throughout my entire 20s. I’m not even here bitching about that. I just want to see the future done right.”
Jones is determined to be paid what he feels he’s worth, so much so he’s ready to sit on the sidelines for another year.
He tweeted: “Honestly, I feel like the only people that it benefits me jumping in their early are the other heavyweights.
“The way I’m training, I’m gonna be a real problem this time next year. I’m comfortable enough to wait and that’s exactly what I’ll do.”
When asked by a fan if that statement would mean another year out of the cage, he said: “Yes.
“I got a feeling you guys will still be around.
“The sport should be bigger than ever by then. Always looking on the bright side.”