Dana White Lands in a Bad Mess After UFC Heavyweight Fiasco With Tom Aspinall, Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic, Insists MMA Insider

Published 02/04/2024, 3:37 AM EST

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Ever seen an entire division going through a state of utter confusion? Well the current UFC heavyweight division is definitely a prime example, clueless regarding its championship trajectory. We have a champ, Jon Jones, and an interim Champ, Tom Aspinall in the division. In a perfect world, both of these fighters should be locking horns for the heavyweight title but seemingly the logic works differently in the ‘265, lbs division.

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Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones both want to fight for the heavyweight ͏belt, leaving Tom Aspinall ͏without any scheduled bouts. A UFC insider has revealed that this peculiar situation could have been avoided, but circumstances were not in favor of the UFC and it’s all a mess.

The Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, and Tom Aspinall dilemma could have been avoided

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Jon Jones was supposed to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 but a sudden injury ruled him out of the tournament, this forced the UFC to adjust by having an interim heavyweight championship match between Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall. The Britisher clinched the title and since then he has been calling out Jones as well as Miocic for a fight. However, neither is seemingly interested in fighting Aspinall. This fiasco has left the entire heavyweight division in a state of dilemma.

UFC insider, Jon Anik believes the situation could have been avoided had the promotion been more vigilant. The commentator in his recent interaction with Malik Wright of  The Sitdown has broken down the situation of the division. “I’m not some great historian, but I think Renan Barão maybe defended his interim title. I think that is what Tom Aspen, after exhaustedly trying to get the Jon Jones or Stipe fight, is going to have to do. He’s going to have to defend the interim Championship,” voiced Anik.

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He further added, “But it’s an inconvenient truth of the way things are right now. I don’t know, bro, that it could have been prevented, at least as far as the UFC is concerned.” As per Anik, there’s a high possibility that Aspinall would have to defend his Interim title.

Later in the conversation, Anik explained the individual situations of all the fighters involved in the fiasco.

Anik’s take on the entire situation

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As mentioned above, the situation could have been avoided but Anik thinks that the fighters are right in their own way. In the very same conversation, while talking about Jones, Anik said, ” if you’re Jon Jones and you have one or two fights left, I can understand why Jon Jones is prioritizing the Stipe fight. Strategically, he wants to fight a guy in Stipe who he’ll be a far bigger betting favorite against than he would be against Tom Aspinall.”

He further added “As for Stipe, I wish he had more of an appetite for the Tom Aspinall fight, but I understand his perspective as well. He’s the consensus greatest UFC heavyweight of all time, and a Jones win for his legacy would be absolutely enormous as punctuation. For Stipe, there’s far more upside to taking on Jon Jones than there is in facing Tom Aspinall.”

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Tom Aspinall has been left hanging by Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones. The interim champion might have to defend his title but against whom is a mystery. What’s your opinion on the heavyweight dilemma?

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Suryakant Das

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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