Dana White Targets Summer UFC Return For Jon Jones, Fight Against Stipe Miocic

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 17, 2022
    Jon Jones

    UFC president, Dana White has claimed that a heavyweight debut for former two-weight champion, Jon Jones makes sense this summer – with a divisional bow against former two-time heavyweight best, Stipe Miocic earmarked it appears.

    Jon Jones, a former two-time undisputed light heavyweight titleholder, has been out of action over two years – most recently featuring back in February 2020.

    Headlining UFC 247, Jones managed to successfully defend his light heavyweight crown with a close, dubious unanimous decision win against Dominick Reyes – before officially vacating his crown in August of that year.

    For Miocic, the Ohio native has yet to return since March of last year where he headlined UFC 260 against current undisputed heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou – suffering a second round knockout loss in the pair’s championship rematch. 

    See also  Report - Paulo Costa Alleged To Have Elbowed Nurse At Vaccination Clinic, Arrested In Belo Horizonte

    Commenting on the return of Jones, UFC president, White claimed that a summer timeframe for a Octagon comeback for the Rochester native made sense – as did a matchup with Miocic who would be making his return in tandem.

    “I was telling somebody, the other day, our lineup for this summer is incredible,” Dana White told TMZ Sports during a recent interview. “So I’m hoping Jon Jones is going to be part of that lineup this summer. …Stipe (Miocic) makes sense.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

    Reports detail how an interim title fight between Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones has been floated

    As part of the aforenoted report by MMA Junkie, they had confirmed with sources, who had requested anonymity – that Miocic had received an offer from the UFC to fight Jones for an interim heavyweight title at UFC 276 on July 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

    See also  Dana White Confirms Joanna Jedrzejczyk Will 'Without A Doubt' Land In UFC Hall of Fame

    The inclusion of an interim title to the division once more comes off the back of a recent surgical procedure required by the aforenoted, Ngannou – with the undisputed gold holder expected to be sidelined for the remainder of this year amid recent knee surgery to address an ACL tear

    Ngannou most recently featured back in January in the main event of UFC 270 – defeating the then-unbeaten, interim titleholder, Ciryl Gane with a unanimous decision victory.