“That’s a Problem”- Dana White Announcing Interim Heavyweight Title Fight in UFC 295 Scrutinized by Former Double Champion in Wake of Jon Jones’ Injury

Published 10/25/2023, 8:47 PM EDT

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The UFC gods seem to have been outraged by us spectators as it appears that the UFC’s plans have been disrupted once again. UFC 294 was in a precarious state, and now UFC 295 is facing similar uncertain circumstances. What’s supposed to be one of the best fights of the year is now done and dusted. The UFC’s heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has been sidelined for an extended period because of his recent injury.

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Dana White must have been in quite a tough spot when the entire UFC 294 card fell apart. Just when he was hoping UFC 295 would go smoothly, Jon Jones dropped the news which didn’t sit well with him. His departure meant that the UFC had to scramble to find a replacement fight to make up for the setbacks. Even Jon Jones’s past opponents, Daniel Cormier and Chael Sonnen, didn’t hold back in sharing their candid thoughts on the situation.

Daniel Cormier gave his two-cent on Jon Jones injury

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Dana White was the first to deliver the unfortunate news through a video on Instagram. In the middle of a training session, Jones suffered a torn pectoral muscle injury. The UFC 295 main event which was supposed to be Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic has now been replaced with Sergei Palvovich Vs. Tom Aspinal for the interim heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier recently had an interaction with Chael Sonnen and Brett Okamoto on the ESPN MMA YouTube channel. The trio started off the conversation with the main topic that startled the Combat world and that was Jon Jones’s withdrawal.

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Daniel Cormier asserted the situation and stated that it would be too late and Miocic doesn’t have that much time on his hands. “Why are they doing an interim title fight? My whole thought is this: I don’t think Stipe has eight months to wait. I thought he was right around the time that he had to get this fight done right now, or the time would pass him by,” said Daniel Cormier.

The former dual weight champion further added “I don’t know if he has eight months to wait for Jon Jones to get healthy, and that’s a problem. That’s a real problem.” Alongside ‘DC’ Chael Sonnen was another influential figure who provided his opinion.

Chael Sonnen talks about the ‘Jon Jones’ situation

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After ‘DC’ gave his assessment in the news, Okamoto inquired the same with ‘The American Gangster’ Chael Sonnen. Sonnen was utterly disappointed with the news. He said ” Well, I’ll tell you, I was very disappointed. This is a little bit of a unique spot, guys. I don’t know how much you’ve been on the interwebs, but John happened to be filming the workout, the very workout where this happened. If I was to set the stage for you, it looked like a wrestling workout. The opponent was a very big guy. John was in a little bit of a bad position”

‘The American Gangster’ further added ” He went to lift. Generally, you want to get your hips under you, kind of stand up, and John understands that about wrestling. But I think maybe he took the size for granted and used his arms a little. It looked as though he tore his pec muscle – that’s his close understanding. I was disappointed.”

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With Jon Jones out of the roster for a few months, who do you think will step up for his shortcomings in the heavyweight division? Tell us about your opinion in the comments below.

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Suryakant Das is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. Combining his wealth of experience as a news writer and content lead with his passion for all things MMA, Suryakant brings a unique blend of reliable reporting and stylistic storytelling to his readers. His favorite fighter is Charles Oliveira, and he draws inspiration from the Brazilian MMA star’s underdog to world champion story for his own aspirations in life.
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