The UFC’s annual International Fight Week, now in its eleventh year, is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from July 3 to July 9. The UFC 290 pay-per-view on July 8, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the completely immersive and interactive two-day UFC X fan event are all part of the weeklong celebrations.
The International Fight Week matches will be announced in full later, but a number of high-profile fights have been reported. According to reports, Jon Jones will take against Stipe Miocic for his first defence of the heavyweight championship.
Alexander Volkanovski was just surpassed by “Bones” as the promotion’s top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. The two top-ranked boxers might, however, face off on the same card. A featherweight title unification match between “The Great” and Yair Rodriguez is reportedly planned for UFC 290.
The featherweight king will seek to defend his championship for the sixth time against interim champion Rodriguez. On the other hand, “El Pantera” will attempt to join current flyweight champions Brandon Moreno and Alexa Grasso as the third indisputable Mexican-born champion in promotional history.
According to reports, rising contender Bo Nickal will compete against fellow middleweight Tresean Gore on the pay-per-view in July. Gore recently disclosed that the two have decided to engage in combat on the card.
On Jon Jones surpassing him as the top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, Alexander Volkanovski
In a hard fought matchup in February, Alexander Volkanovski lost to Islam Makhachev according to the official results. Yet, “The Great” was able to maintain his top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings thanks to the Australian featherweight’s outstanding performance against a grappling prodigy like Makhachev.
Two weekends later, Jon Jones competed for the heavyweight belt against Ciryl Gane. This marked his long-awaited comeback to the octagon. The title was won by “Bones” with a faultless two-minute submission victory. Soon after, Jones succeeded Volkanovski as the leader in terms of weight for weight.
Volknovski recently said in an interview with Steve-O that he comprehends why Jones ought to hold the position of leadership:
“It’s significant… Examine what Jon Jones has accomplished as well. Can I actually contest that? He’s going to rank among the all-time greats. He responded by saying, “Damn it! How do you behave?”