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Jones “escaped to heavyweight” when I was in my prime

Jon Jones is the fight that got away for Jan Blachowicz, but he hasn’t completely lost hope.

A week after Jones retained his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, he was on hand to watch Blachowicz emerge as the No. 1 contender by knocking out Corey Anderson. However, Jones would vacate his title, leading to a vacant title fight between Blachowicz and Reyes at UFC 253. Blachowicz won, defended it against Israel Adesanya, but then lost it to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267.

Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC) never returned to 205 pounds and it took him three years to return to heavyweight, where he quickly submitted Ciryl Gane to claim the vacant title at UFC 285. Blachowicz (29-10-1 MMA, 12-7-1 UFC) is currently recovering from double shoulder surgery and sees a world where he can finally get his hands on Jones.

“Right now I’m at heavyweight, so it’s easy to go to heavyweight,” Blachowicz said in an interview with Fanatics View. “I would like to see him fight (Tom) Aspinall and (Alex) Pereira and me. He escaped to heavyweight because I was in my prime when he left.

“He knew if he met me he would lose. That was his best decision: moving to heavyweight. He promised me this fight, so I hope so – maybe one day. Maybe not in the gym – somewhere in the backyard.”

Jones’ first order of business is to rebook his previously canceled fight with Stipe Miocic. Interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall awaits, and Jones also expressed interest in light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira.

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