Out of action since February 2020, former two-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones has claimed that he will likely remain away from the Octagon until September of this year, as well as adding fuel to the fire on a potential interim title offing against former two-time heavyweight gold holder, Stipe Miocic.
The Rochester look-see-do fighter’s most recent Octagon walk came back in February 2020 in the main event of UFC 247, headlining the pay-per-view showcase in a hard-fought close unanimous decision win over Dominick Reyes.
Jon Jones would then officially vacate his light heavyweight title in August of that year, with the view of successfully climbing to the heavyweight division and challenging for Octagon gold in his divisional bow.
However, rather public negotiation fallouts with the UFC as well as his intentions to carry out a specific training regime for a weight class climb has so far delayed his promotional return and division leap.
An interim title fight between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic was recently floated
In recent weeks, reports have detailed how the promotion initially discussed the possibility of offering both Jones and the above noted, Miocic an interim title fight against each other at UFC 276 on July 2. during International Fight Week.
However, as per Cageside Press reporter, Alex Behunin, a July landing pad for a potential Jones x Miocic matchup is now less than likely, with a September date considered a more viable option for the potential bout.
And according to the former light heavyweight king, Jones, a September return against Miocic is firmly on his radar, as is a divisional bow against Miocic.
“Stipe (Miocic) is saying that he will be at his absolute peak in September,” Jon Jones tweeted. “I’m disappointed but patient. I want the heavyweight goat at his absolute best. I’ll wait until September. No excuses.”
Whilst Jones targets a September return in tandem with Ohio fan-favorite, Miocic – current undisputed champion, Francis Ngannou has confirmed that a December comeback from recent ACL surgery is likely for him, as is future matchups against both – which he also noted his interest in.