UFC President, Dana White, has confirmed the promotion’s plans to put together a massive Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic Heavyweight title fight for UFC 295, which is expected to take place inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., in November.
There had previously been discussion around Jones vs. Miocic for UFC 290 in July during “International Fight Week,” but for whatever reason, that didn’t come together. Now, the promotion is hoping the two Heavyweight legends will face off in New York for its big annual Madison Square Garden pay-per-view (PPV) card.
White confirmed those plans with Sports Illustrated over UFC 288 weekend.
“Jon Jones, next, you know obviously I’m pretty confident that Jon wants Stipe,” White said. “He looks at Stipe as, people look at him as the greatest heavyweight of all time. And I think that’s what Jon wants. He wants to beat him convincingly. I mean, he’s already the G.O.A.T., but to go down as the greatest of all time. And it’ll be very hard to break his record if he does do it.”
Asked if UFC 295 in New York City was the date to make it, White said, “Yes.”
“Yeah, that’s what we’re targeting,” he said. “That’s what we’re thinking. [It’s] Likely.”
“Likely” means contracts haven’t been verbally agreed to, and we have to wonder what’s been holding the fight up so far. Jones recently renegotiated his contract before returning to face Ciryl Gane in a blowout of a fight at UFC 285 back in March (watch highlights). Miocic, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since a loss to Francis Ngannou in 2021.
The 40-year-old firefighter seems pretty happy with his life on the sidelines, and obviously knows what a big fight his battle with Jones could be. UFC almost never ponies up PPV points for a title challenger, but it may be forced to make an exception for Miocic, who as White admitted is considered the greatest Heavyweight champion ever.
Or, UFC could have had its big Madison Square Garden event in mind for this “super” fight since Jones grabbed the belt. While the company’s summer 2023 line-ups have been somewhat mid, the end of year is shaping up nicely as White keeps his top names on the shelf for important partnered events in Abu Dhabi and New York City.
Miocic is the only man to defend the Heavyweight title consecutively three times in a row, and has held the title twice.
Jones has the title of greatest Light Heavyweight on lock after an unparalleled streak punctuated by lengthy absences caused by personal issues: drug suspensions, being stripped after a hit-and-run, and most recently, contractual issues. He’s defended the 205-pound belt an astonishing 11 times across two runs as champion. He relinquished the title in 2020, returning to take the Heavyweight belt three years later.
At this point “Staged” is the appropriate word for this
Stipes last 3 years…
2021 - KO Loss
2022 - Inactive
2023 - Inactive
Title Shot !
$1K for nosebleeds or what ?
BEE Careful of Ticketscalper
A fight nobody wants to see, cool
seems that way
No one but Jon and Dana lol.
I’ll watch Jon Jones fight a charge, homeless people, fatties at walmart, i dont care.
Jon fighting Francises scraps instead of Sergei is pathetic.
hopefully Stipe actually signs this time because I don’t think Jon will fight Sergei.
Fucking Egg White.
Just wants to forget all his Stipe promotion and immediately call Jon the greatest HW ever of all the times after one fight against a kick-boxer
At least we are sure Dana doesn’t look at Stipe as anything more than an annoyance from his past!
As long as Jon…errr…as long as people look at Stipe semi-positively.
Meh, even if his best days are well behind him, Stipe is an important link to the division continuity.
Last champ before Francis, beat Francis before, longest champ.
In some way it links Jon to the last iteration of the division and it also kind of legitimizes him more as he would always say he beat Stipe and therefore the previous division anytime somebody says he dodged Francis and cherry picked his moment.
It’s one fight, Sergei isn’t going anywhere, but Jon might
Im gonna put $100 on stipe. Could you imagine?
2 weeks ago called
I hope Stipe upsets the world. I think Jon is the GOAT, but calling out an old beat up shell of Stipe is some lame ass shit.