Previous UFC gentle heavyweight winner Jon Jones could receive a shot at interim heavyweight gold, according to UFC president Dana White.
“Bones” vacated his 205-pound title in August 2020, asserting his go to the heavyweight division. Fast ahead more than a yr and a half and Jones still has not built his debut. But, Bones has stated on many situations that he absolutely intends on battling this yr.
And if that’s the case, he could walk ideal into an interim title fight. Undisputed champion Francis Ngannou is now sidelined with a knee injuries and he’s anticipated to be out for the foreseeable foreseeable future.
The UFC president was a short while ago requested by ESPN about Jones possibly fighting for the interim strap in the course of “The Predator’s” absence.
“I have not imagined about it at all, but yeah, it seems like a little something we would do,” White mentioned through MMA Junkie.
The UFC president continued, “Not right up until we know what Francis is gonna do or what is gonna come about, but if which is the scenario, if he ends up sitting down out for a yr, Jon could appear correct in and combat for a title.”
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Ngannou Fought With a Knee Harm in January
The heavyweight champion fought at UFC 270 in January against Ciryl Match, and he competed with an by now compromised knee. Using his wrestling and grappling, Ngannou secured the victory around Gane by using unanimous decision.
“I proceed to be astonished and impressed by Francis’ heart and resilience,” Martin mentioned by way of the outlet. “Fighting on one particular leg to get over all odds, and remind the world he is the undisputed heavyweight winner of the planet. I assume we can all concur he warrants some time to go back home and be with his spouse and children and countrymen.
“Upon his return, we prepare on acquiring surgery and starting off the recovery system so we can get him again to 100 p.c as quickly as attainable. In the meantime, we hope we can discover a tranquil resolution in these deal talks. We’d like to thank all the admirers for their continued aid and belief in Francis.”
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Jones Last Battle Was More than 2 Yrs Ago
It’s been a even though since supporters have viewed the debatable GOAT of MMA within the Octagon. Jones past fought at UFC 247 in February 2020.
In what proved to be his final title protection, Jones took on Dominick Reyes in a again-and-forth war that Bones edged, profitable by way of unanimous decision.
Jones has only dropped as soon as as a qualified combined martial artist, and it was by using disqualification in a fight he was dominating.
It’s unclear when Bones will return to the cage. But when he does, it’s tricky to think about Jones not combating for Heavyweight gold.