john jones not sure he would be fighting Stipe Miocic Anytime soon, but the former champion’s response may clear up his uncertainty.
The reigning UFC heavyweight champion, and arguably the greatest fighter to ever compete in MMA, is beginning to suspect that his highly anticipated title defense against Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) will fall short in July, as many There was hope. Although the matchup has not been made official, all parties, including UFC brass, Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-10 UFC) and Miocic publicly expressed interest in penning the bout during UFC’s International Fight Week in July Is.
Now, Jones is saying he’s hearing Miocic may not be on board.
“Yo @stipemiocic only you, the UFC and I know the truth, you dodged me in 2022 – July, September and December,” wrote Jones Twitter, “Now I’m hearing rumors that we’re not fighting this July.”
“Brother it’s simple, either you believe in yourself or you don’t,” Jones wrote in a second. do, “Either you want this challenge or you don’t. Stop wasting everyone’s time.
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Minutes later, Jones’ tweets followed a short, yet reassuring message from Miocic, who simply wrote, “See you in July.”
jones is coming a quick, first-round submission victory over Cyril Gane In the main event of UFC 285 last month in Las Vegas. With the win, he captured the vacant UFC heavyweight title, a belt previously held by now-free agent Francis Ngannou, and became one of the few fighters to hold UFC belts in two different weight classes.
The UFC 285 fight also marked Jones’ return to competition, as he had taken a three-year absence from the sport in early 2020 after relinquishing the light heavyweight title.
The 40-year-old Miocic has held the UFC heavyweight title on two separate occasions, defending it a total of four times. He is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Miocic has not competed since March 2021, when he lost the belt to Ngannou in a second-round knockout.