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Frank Mir on the one heavyweight Jon Jones can't beat

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Jon Jones is one of the freakiest athletic specimens the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has ever seen.

"Bones" stands at six feet and four inches tall and has one of, if not the, longest reaches in the UFC today. His freakish size and athleticism has been the downfall of all who have stood across from him in the Octagon. The only blemish on Jones' record is a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill back in 2009 when he delivered illegal elbows to a grounded Hamill in the 12 to 9 angle. With the exception of that one loss, nobody has been able to figure out the riddle that is Jon Jones inside mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

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Jones is currently the undisputed champion at 205 pounds and has almost run through his entire division, which is lacking in competition at the moment. For a long time fans and UFC President Dana White himself have expressed interest in seeing Jones move up to heavyweight to challenge himself there.

If he is able to successfully win a title at heavyweight he would join the exclusive club, alongside members Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor, of fighters who have won two titles in different weight classes during their UFC tenures. Currently, the UFC heavyweight champion of the world is none other than Stipe Miocic, a tough striker with excellent takedown defense.

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Seeing the likes of Miocic and Jones going head-to-head inside the cage is a dream match for many, but it's one fight that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir believes will be the toughest of "Bones'" career. In addition to Miocic, Mir also believes that a strikes such as Alistair Overeem would also give the 30-year-old champion problems (quotes via MMA Mania):

“The only fight immediately that would make me nervous for Jon would be Stipe. I think any other heavyweight I can see [Jones] beating. Stipe is a hard one. And I think Alistair, too, might be a hard one. Even Jon is not rushing to fight Stipe.

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"You could hear when Jon called out Brock, stylistically that fight makes sense for Jon if he moves up to heavyweight. But when you say ‘fight Stipe,’ he’s like, ‘ehh.’ There’s a reason why. [Miocic is] a really good big guy.”

What are your thoughts on Mir saying Miocic would be a tough fight for Jones if he decides to move up to heavyweight? Let us know in the comments section below!

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