We might see “Bones” enter the octagon for the final time during Jon Jones’ upcoming battle. At UFC 285 in March, the former light-heavyweight champion made his comeback to compete for the vacant light-heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane.
With a convincing first-round submission victory over “Bon Gamin,” Jones undoubtedly put an end to the MMA G.O.A.T. discussion. He then called out former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White, president of the UFC, then made a suggestion that ‘Bones’ may decide to hang up his gloves following his upcoming matchup with Miocic.
Additionally, Jon Jones has recently hinted that he may retire after a hypothetical matchup with Miocic. ‘Bones’ request for a match in the Mecca of combat sports, Madison Square Garden, in his home state of New York painted the ideal picture for his final fight. The winner at light-heavyweight in the UFC wrote:
How awesome would it be to dominate the best heavyweight of all time in my home state at Madison Square Garden during my retirement fight?
Will Jon Jones’ next fight be against Stipe Miocic?
For the better part of the past two years, fans have been eagerly awaiting Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic. While the showdown seemed to be on the verge of happening at UFC 282 in December of last year, Jones went on to face Gane for the heavyweight championship at UFC 285 instead.
As additional turmoil surrounds the matchup, it now seems to be edging farther and further away from happening. Jon Jones was recently charged with “disappearing” after making his heavyweight debut in March, according to Dana White.
After that, Stipe Miocic posted a video of White’s remarks while ostensibly making fun of Jones. ‘Bones’ responded by denying the claims of ‘running.
In his speculation regarding the nearly postponed fight, Daniel Cormier suggested that Miocic might be to blame for the delay due to financial issues. On his YouTube channel, “DC” stated:
“I heard that Miocic’s side has always had a problem with the financial aspect of the equation in order to determine what he will be paid to compete against Jones. Stipe will turn 41 in a few months. Therefore, if he can’t finish the task, this might be his last such paycheck.