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Followers are awaiting Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon after two-and-a-half years away, and the two-time UFC mild heavyweight champion gave an replace on when he may return.
I’ve been listening to whispers about November however truthfully I’ve no clue. Been listening to that Francis may probably be again on the desk although https://t.co/x3fufi3ppq
There’s been loads of discuss Jones shifting up in weight class to problem heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. UFC President Dana White is up for it, as famous on a late June look on The Jim Rome Show (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Combating).
“Jon Jones is able to go,” White stated. “We’re simply ready for an opponent. It is both going to be Francis [Ngannou] relying on how lengthy his knee goes to take to recuperate or Stipe Miocic.”
Jones is 26-1 with one no-contest over his skilled profession. He final fought on Feb. 8, 2020, when he beat Dominick Reyes through unanimous determination.
Jones has been coaching for a transfer up in weight class, and he addressed the time it is taken to take action on Twitter Friday.
Appropriate me if I’m unsuitable however I’m fairly positive in considered one of Dana‘s final interviews he acknowledged “Jon’s able to go, simply ready to see what occurs between Stipe and Francis” Proper now I’m specializing in controlling what I can, that’s packing on the kilos 🤷🏾♂️
Whereas Jones is coaching up for his subsequent problem, Ngannou is recovering from March surgical procedure to restore the ACL and MCL in his proper knee. He stated he tore his MCL and broken his ACL during sparring sessions main as much as his unanimous-decision win over Ciryl Gane final January.
If Ngannou cannot battle, Stipe Miocic actually could be a worthy opponent. Miocic is a two-time heavyweight champion who most lately fell to Ngannou in March 2021. He’s 20-4 lifetime with a win over Ngannou (UFC 220) and a pair of victories towards Daniel Cormier underneath his belt.