Fans might need to wait for a bit more time until we see Jon Jones get back inside the Octagon. According to UFC President, Dana White, the former light-heavyweight champion is not going to fight before the year ends.
Jones recently relinquished his light-heavyweight title after defending it against Dominick Reyes. Many questioned what is Jones’s next move, will he keep on defending or move up and try and become a two-division champion. The reason he relinquished his belt was that he did not want the division to wait for him as it takes a bit of time to bulk up.
After Ngannou won the belt against Stipe Miocic, Jones then tweeted “show me the money” which basically implying that he wants to fight for the right amount of money. Unfortunately, UFC was not willing to pay Jones the amount that he wants.
So the UFC then moved on and there was even an issue with the UFC and Francis Ngannou. The original plan was Derrick Lewis will face Ngannou for a rematch, but the timeline did not work for the champion, so the UFC booked an interim title for Gane vs Lewis. Many thought that the interim was illegitimate as Ngannou was not even injured, he was willing to fight the month after.
Now with Gane being the interim champion, there is no question that there will be a Ngannou vs Gane for the heavyweight unification. So that means Jones need to wait for the winner of the fight and what is risky is that maybe Miocic is also in the mix as he is 1-1 against Ngannou.
Although Jones vs Miocic is also an intriguing fight to make because it sets up as the greatest LHW vs the greatest HW clash. Does the question lie whether Jones will accept it? If Jones beats Miocic, he is still considered the best heavyweight since it is not for the title but Miocic is still a massive name especially among heavyweights.