Jon Jones referred to as out Stipe Miocic after a dominant first-round submission win over Cyril Gane at UFC 285 final weekend.
The struggle additionally marked Jones’ return to the octagon after a hiatus of three years. UFC president Dana White claims that he would not be shocked to see ‘Bones’ retire after defending his title towards Miocic. The 53-year-old not too long ago informed TMZ Sports activities:
“I would not be shocked both if he fights Stipe after which retires and does not struggle once more.”
Discuss of Jones’ potential retirement popped out of nowhere as White was discussing the result of a possible outing between ‘Bones’ and Francis Ngannou. Based on the UFC president, Ngannou’s UFC 270 conflict towards Gane is proof that ‘The Predator’ additionally would not have stood a lot of an opportunity towards Jones. White informed TMZ:
“Let me let you know what, I feel, numerous different folks really feel this fashion, I feel that is precisely the best way the struggle would’ve gone if [Ngannou] was in there, too. [Francis] and Cyril had a five-round conflict, and if Cyril does not go for that submission, Cyril most likely wins that struggle. On the finish of the fifth spherical there.”
Catch White’s interview with TMZ beneath:
UFC 290 on July 8 in Worldwide Struggle Week is reportedly the date being focused for the Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic struggle.
Francis Ngannou responds to accusations of ‘working’ from Jon Jones
Francis Ngannou vacated his heavyweight title and exited the UFC earlier this yr after failed contract negotiations spanning over a yr. The hopes of a possible outing between Ngannou and Jon Jones have been perpetually shattered after Dana White not too long ago dismissed the opportunity of ‘The Predator’ returning to the UFC.
Whereas Dana White is understood to have pushed the ‘working’ narrative with a number of fighters, Jones additionally not too long ago blamed Ngannou for his or her struggle falling by way of. Nevertheless, the previous heavyweight champ claims to have completed every little thing in his capability to make the struggle come to fruition.
Based on Ngannou, the UFC used Jones’ matchup as a bargaining chip to attempt to hold him within the promotion. The 36-year-old informed ESPN:
“I did every little thing to have that struggle…It did not simply occur, however on the finish I felt like that was the discount [chip for the UFC] to maintain me [to convince me to] do one thing that I do not need simply because I would like that struggle. Sure, I needed that struggle, however not at any value.
Catch Ngannou’s feedback beneath: