One of the best mixed martial artists to enter the octagon is unquestionably Jon Jones. History serves as a reminder that many soldiers only get to enjoy the limelight for a brief while before fading away. Some athletes leave such a lasting impression that their names are inextricably linked to the history of the sport. Such is the strange situation of Jon Jones, who has had a number of job pauses.
After defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, Jon “Bones” Jones was involved in a contract dispute with the UFC for a considerable amount of time. He appointed Richard Schaefer, a seasoned boxing promoter, as his representative to handle his discussions with the UFC. After Conor McGregor, Jones rose in the pay scale as a result of the choice, and he is now preparing to make a quick comeback.
At UFC 285, former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane will face Jon Jones in his comeback fight. The main event will take place on March 4, 2023, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be for the vacant heavyweight title.
‘Bones’ battle with Francis Ngannou was mentioned frequently, even throughout the contract talks phase. Ngannou has now left the UFC, claiming that he was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with the organisation. Jones stated in an interview with MMA Underground that while he is eager to fight Gane, he would have chosen to face Ngannou:
“Ciryl is a very unknown person, whereas Francis is this gigantic terrifying threatening man. Although I was aware that I would ultimately, undoubtedly, face Ciryl Gane, it was the bout [against Ngannou] that I was most disappointed didn’t take place.”
Jon Jones sets his sights on Stipe Miocic following Ciryl Gane fight
On March 4 in Las Vegas, the main event of UFC 285 will feature Jon Jones’ first fight in over three years. For the vacant heavyweight title, he’ll square off against Ciryl Gane.
After defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020, Jones relinquished the light heavyweight title in order to go up in weight to challenge Francis Ngannou, who was the heavyweight champion at the time, for the title. Ngannou is no longer connected to the UFC because the bout never took place.
“I’m aiming for Stipe Miocic. It seems to me to signify the most. There are many men in the world, but for me personally and for my legacy, taking down the greatest heavyweight of all time means the most.