Islam Makhachev showed that he is a great fighter and achieved victory over Alexander Volkanovski. Although many expected that Islam would have an easier task, the Dagestani had a difficult task. Makhachev said after the fight that he is now the first "P4P" fighter in the UFC.
Anthony Smith believes that Makhachev should be careful what he says regarding the return of Jon Jones. “I think Islam needs to hold on to that No. 1 pound-for-pound spot really tightly right now, because I think there’s going to be a lot of different conversations if Jon Jones comes back and is even a small portion of what he was when we last seen him,” Smith said, as quoted by mmafighting.com “Jon Jones, this is his long anticipated move to heavyweight.
He’s been talking about it forever”.
Cyril Gane will present a difficult task for Jon Jones, and it is also difficult to predict the final outcome of this match. Many believe that Gane has the advantage, but Jones is a UFC legend and any outcome will not be strange.
“I think he has his toughest test in the entire division. I think Jon Jones is swinging for the fences right away. There’s a lot easier matchups in the heavyweight division for Jon Jones. There’s bigger names that are easier with bigger paychecks ,and I think he has his toughest fight on his hands right now. I think that Ciryl Gane does a lot of the same things that Jon Jones does on the feet and to be very fair with you, I think Ciryl Gane does a lot of those things better than Jon Jones.As far as his movement on his feet, his stance switches, I think that he’s probably more powerful.
Technically, I think Ciryl Gane’s probably a better striker. But we all know how Jon Jones is. He’s the greatest of all time in my opinion. I can’t wait for this fight, it’s going to be incredible”.