‘I’m Not Fighting Stipe Miocic’- Jon Jones Not Interested in Dana White’s Recent Idea

Published 05/11/2021, 10:51 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


Recent developments suggest that Jon Jones has priced himself out of a title shot against Francis Ngannou. Jones has made it very clear that his next fight will be in the heavyweight division. However, the fight will only take place if he is compensated adequately for the risk taken in going up to heavyweight to face Ngannou. 

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The UFC and Jones cannot seem to meet in the middle when it comes to compensation, which is why the promotion is now taking an alternative route. Derrick Lewis is all set to rematch his opponent from UFC 226. However, this time around the fight will be for the UFC heavyweight belt. 

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Jon Jones is in no hurry to make his heavyweight debut 

In an interview with Brett Okamoto, White suggested Jones could fight Miocic while he waits for a fight with Ngannou

Jones, who was having none of it, tweeted, “Don’t get excited people, I’m not fighting Stipe.”

He followed that up with, “I’m not here to fight Stipe but I will defend my belt against him no problem. I’m looking for the biggest draw and I’m willing to wait. 33 years old in better athlete right now than I’ve ever been before.. im just going to keep training my a** off.”

 ‘Bones’ then deleted both the tweets.

White stated that Jones was demanding $30 million for a fight against Ngannou. ‘Bones’ has vehemently denied it. If Ngannou can get past Derrick Lewis with his belt safely around his waist, it would add a layer of intrigue to a potential Jon Jones fight. ‘Bones’ is only 33 and is in the prime of his fighting career. 

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He will not want to waste it sitting around waiting for a fight. Hence, he will aim to get the fight booked as soon as possible. However, for that to happen, both parties will have to be more accommodating. A fight between Jones and Ngannou will be one of the biggest heavyweight fights in the promotion’s history, and the fans will hope that it comes to fruition. 

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Do you think we get to see a fight between Jones and Ngannou before the end of this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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