Jon Jones is back.
The former UFC light heavyweight champ reclaimed the divisional title in main event of UFC 232 on Saturday night, when he stopped his long-time rival Alexander Gustafsson with a volley of third round ground strikes.
This win was Jones’ first since April of 2016, when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux by decision, and just his fourth fight since January of 2015.
From the sounds of it, the MMA legend now plans to make up for lost time with a busy 2019.
Jon Jones shared his hopes for 2019 in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday night. He said he hopes to fight three times this year.
“When the tides shift in your life you not only take notice, but follow where the momentum is taking you. My family and I came to Santa Monica after the fights to unwind, unplug and put the focus on those beautiful things that matter most in my life. I also ate a lot of chocolate cake but don’t knock my hustle because I earned that shit! But on the real, over last few days something profound registered in me. In my heart and mind there has been a shift and it’s a hunger that’s raging. In the past I would fight then shut everything down while I filled my schedule with partying and nonsense, but in the aftermath of reclaiming my belt the only thing I want to do is get back in there. I want to step back into the cage and continue to prove why I’m the best light heavyweight in the world. I’m flying home tonight and heading right back to the gym to continue building my skillset. I’m going to get with my team and keep the cerebral game rolling as well. I’m mapping out the year ahead and I’m absolutely going to kick the shit out of 2019. I want to fight 3 times this year and leave zero doubt of my dominance as a champion. I’m going to do this because that’s what my passion dictates, but it’s also what you fans deserve. You’ve been down with me through thick and thin, and 2019 is going to be incredible. It’s all due to the fact I know what matters and why. So to those fighters in my division go ahead and line up because you’re all getting it. The King has returned and no one is sleeping easy but me now that I’m back. Same crown same reign new faces more pain. That’s what I’m bringing in 19.” – Jon Jones on Instagram.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/2/2019.