Video: Will Jon Jones’ lengthy layoff negatively impact his return and heavyweight debut?

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It’s now been two and a half years since Jon Jones most recently stepped in the cage for a fight.

Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) defended the light heavyweight title at UFC 247 in February 2020. Two years ago this month, he vacated that belt and said he was moving to heavyweight to chase a title there.

But we’ve hit two years, and we still haven’t seen Jones return, let alone even have a fight announced for his return. We’ve long since past the point of the longest layoff of his career. And to be certain, he’s had some hiccups in that layoff outside the cage with legal issues, as well as a public spat with Dana White and the UFC over his pay.

Recently, Jones seemed a little agitated by the thought from fans that he’s taking too long to book his return. But unless he’s on the UFC’s December pay-per-view card, we might hit three years from one Jones fight to the next.

Is the lengthy layoff going to hurt the man considered by many to be the best fighter in history? That’s what we asked our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Mike Bohn, Nolan King and Brian “Goze,” along with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.

Check out their reaction in the video above, and don’t miss this week’s full episode below.

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video below.

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