Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title defence against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 back in February is an interesting case study. A front runner in the MMA “GOAT” (greatest of all time) debate, Jones (26-1-0, 1NC) went five full rounds with his fellow American and most within MMA circles feel as if Reyes (12-2) might have eked out a victory on points. One thing was clear during the fight: Jones was not his usual self, looking sluggish, and at times in the first three rounds, apathetic to the whole thing. Jones got the unanimous decision win, however, and successfully defended his belt for what felt like the hundredth time. It seemed he had done the unthinkable and cleared out the entire 205-pound division of potential challengers, and “Bones” appeared at a crossroads in his career: what to do next? Reyes immediately called for a rematch, and for a brief, fleeting moment, it looked like a possibility. But then Jones nixed the chatter by essentially ignoring Reyes’ post-fight trash talk. It was clear to see Jones’ mind was elsewhere, and fighting Reyes again was probably the last thing he wanted to do knowing many felt Reyes could use the first fight as excellent experience against a fighter most get blindsided by, and then never get the chance to fight again. Jones made his lack of desire to head back to the past quite clear soon after, getting into a war of words with UFC boss Dana White over money and the fact that he apparently wanted to fight Frances Ngannou. Then he vacated the light heavyweight belt entirely. The move took a few months to sink in, as many within the UFC world felt like it could be much like Conor McGregor declaring he was retiring, once again , simply to kick White’s tyres and get a fight moving. But Jones was serious. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) Then he set about bulking up to 240, showing off his buff physique on Instagram, in what many expect is a move to heavyweight where a number of mouthwatering fights present themselves. In between this, Jones had a busy year, saving a man from heatstroke , defending a restaurant in his hometown of Albuquerque and getting into Twitter wars with basically every UFC fighter you could think of. The only thing he wasn’t busy doing was fighting as 2020 has ended with him only clocking one bout after two in 2019. Of course, a year of Jones news would not be complete without a Jones run in with police, as in March he got arrested behind the wheel after telling police he left his home because he was going “stir crazy”. He avoided serious repercussions once again, but his reputation outside the ring, already tattered to begin with, took yet another hit. Police bodycam footage of Jon Jones' arrest shows the #UFC champion explaining to an officer that he "got stir crazy" while under quarantine and needed to go for a drive. Full story w/video: https://t.co/hmFM34yJ3T pic.twitter.com/Dorhc0Ffwn — MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) March 27, 2020 There was an interesting footnote to Jones’ win over Reyes when “The Devastator”, whom many considered was now the top dog in the light heavyweight category, was beaten handily by Jan Blachowicz (27-8) at UFC 253 in September. Blachowicz, before capturing the vacated belt, was seen by some pundits as approaching journeyman status, but he bullied Reyes and made him look like much less of a contender to the throne. Reading the latest MMA gossip, one would think Jones is set to finally face off with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, which could even rival the scheduled Conor McGregor fight against Dustin Poirier in January at UFC 257 in terms of exposure for the sport. But there is a big problem. According to Jones’ Instagram, he is 240 pounds and counting, and Adesanya holds the 185-pound belt. There is no way around it – Jones dropping all that weight he has just put on is not feasible in 2021. Jones reportedly walked around at well over 210 pounds while defending his light heavyweight title, and then cut weight to make the scale. Jones and Adesanya clearly don’t like each other, and their feuding has got personal in social media attacks many times. Twitter wars aside, this fight happening is much less likely than UFC boss Dana White letting Jones jump the line at heavyweight to fight Stipe Miocic. Jones, being the relatively smart guy he is when it comes to opponents, surely knows he has a much better chance at beating Miocic than he does Adesanya. Cutting a bunch of weight to fight “The Last Stylebender”, who is a kick-boxing phenom and has both the height and reach to rival Jones, would probably spell disaster for him. But Miocic is a much different beast: bigger, slower, a brawler, and Jones at 240 pounds, not having to cut weight he has just put on and is still getting used to, might overpower and out skill him. The 38-year-old Miocic, an American of Croatian descent, has cemented himself as arguably the best in heavyweight history, but he is perhaps in the twilight of his career, and a quicker, faster fighter like Jones might cause him a lot of problems. Jones walking in, crushing Miocic and grabbing another belt would seemingly solidify his GOAT status, and put him back atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov. He could then retire at the summit, or try to fend off the threat of Ngannou and make a load of money doing it, or make the real prize fight – Jones vs Adesanya – happen someway, somehow. So “Bones”, what’s it going to be for 2021?