Hinting that he will fight Daniel Cormier, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has posted pictures of his dramatic new hulking physique next to his 2013 skinny frame.
Jones has posted several videos of himself powerlifting in the gym, during his forced sabbatical from the sport due to his involvement in a hit and run incident.
But it looks like ‘Bones’ as Jones is popularly known is eying a rematch with current champion Daniel Cornier at the UFC’s planned debut in New York on April 23 at UFC 198 if MMA is legalized.
Jones showed off the gains of his seven-month training program by posting a picture of him two years ago next to his current body-building physique.
“Started powerlifting June 1, 2015,’ he posted. “In just about seven months of training four days a week my body has made a complete transformation.”
“I want to send a sincere thank you to @mr_nfp @nez_hoover @zia_nfp for being such an amazing program and pushing me to this new level of fitness.”
“Off season 2013 vs off season 2015. Five more months to prepare for this win. I’ll be sure to be at my best April 23rd #NewLevels.”
Catch a snippet of Jones’ crazy strength workout here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpgtGT0HnCU
Jones was stripped off his title in April after being charged in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque.
Jones got reinstated by the UFC but only after being granted a conditional release and with up to 18 months of supervised probation following his guilty plea to leaving the scene of an accident.
Jones is notorious in the MMA community for only training during fight camps and spending the rest of his down-time building up a bit of a belly.
But since moving from New York to Albuquerque he has been training at Jackson’s MMA all year round, looking an even scarier opponent now.
His current physique has fueled questions all the more that Jones will eventually head to heavyweight.
But from his latest post on social media, it apparently looks like Jones has unfinished business at light-heavyweight, where his bitter rival Cormier now holds the belt despite losing to Bones in January.
Jones also helped prepare new UFC women’s bantamweight champion and stable-mate Holly Holm for her shock UFC 193 victory over Ronda Rousey on Sunday.