Jon Jones, an all-time MMA great and one of the most dominant fighters in the history of the sport, has hinted at a potential retirement after his upcoming bout against Stipe Miocic.
As fans eagerly await Jon Jones’ next fight and what could be the final fight of his illustrious career, we take a closer look at the background of the legend and the significance of this highly anticipated matchup.
Background on Jon Jones
Jon “Bones” Jones has had an extraordinary career in mixed martial arts, earning a reputation as one of the greatest fighters to ever step inside the Octagon. With a record of 27 wins and 1 no-contest, Jones has consistently proved his dominance in the sport. He first captured the UFC light heavyweight title in 2011 and went on to defend it successfully in 11 of his next 12 fights.
Jon Jones’ last fight
Jones’ most recent victory came at UFC 285, where he made a triumphant return to the heavyweight division after a three-year absence. In a display of sheer dominance, he submitted Ciryl Gane in the first round, capturing the UFC heavyweight championship. This victory extended his unbeaten streak in UFC title fights to an impressive 15-0, further solidifying his status as an all-time great.
Jon Jones’ next fight
The upcoming fight against Stipe Miocic promises to be a blockbuster event, with two of the greatest mixed martial artists in MMA history set to collide.
Although the bout isn’t officially scheduled, UFC president Dana White has spoken about how the promotion hopes to lock the Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic fight in for Madison Square Garden in November.
“As far as I know everything is good and hopefully we have a fight with him and Stipe very soon,” White told media at a recent post-fight press conference. “That’s where we’d like to do it [November at Madison Square Garden].
A bout against Miocic holds significant weight for Jones, who has revealed in an interview with Fox Sports Australia that he’s considering retirement after this fight.
Jones stated, “I think the Stipe fight will be plenty for me. I don’t think I’ll have too much to prove after beating Stipe Miocic.”
Citing his long career, small injuries, and desire to be present for his family, Jones sees the fight against Miocic as a fitting finale to his remarkable journey in the world of MMA.
“I’ve been in the game a long time … fighting for a long time, training for a long time.
“I can see it coming to an end really soon. And I’m happy with that. I’m really proud of that.”
The outcome of Jon Jones next fight will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on both fighters’ legacies and the heavyweight division. With the anticipation building for Jon Jones’ next fight — and one that could be his last — fans eagerly await the showdown between these two titans of the sport.
Jones on other potential opponents
In the same interview with Fox Sports Australia, Jon Jones addressed the topic of other potential opponents in the heavyweight division. He specifically commented on the rising contender, Sergei Pavlovich, who recently scored an impressive first-round knockout against Curtis Blaydes. Jones acknowledged Pavlovich’s talent but expressed concerns about his lack of name recognition, stating, “no one knows who he is,” making him a high-risk, low-reward opponent.
However, one name that did pique Jones’ interest was former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Although Ngannou left the UFC as a free agent earlier this year, Jones admitted that a fight with “The Predator” could motivate him to return after the Miocic bout.
He said, “I think a Francis fight would come with some serious revenue and that would make it worth my while.”
“I do believe a Francis fight would be worth entertaining not retiring.”
Impact of retirement on Jones and the sport
Should Jon Jones decide to retire after his next fight, it would undoubtedly have a significant impact on his legacy, the heavyweight division, and the sport of MMA as a whole. As one of the most dominant champions in the history of the UFC, Jones’ departure would leave a void in the division and create opportunities for new contenders to rise.
Jones himself seems at peace with the idea of retirement, expressing his desire to focus on his family and be present for his children.
“I want to be able to play with my kids, have a good head on my shoulders,” he explained.
While he currently envisions the Miocic fight as his final chapter, Jones remains open to the possibility of returning to the Octagon if the right opportunity arises in the future.
Expert opinions and predictions
Opinions on the outcome of the fight vary among experts, with some favoring Jones’ dynamic striking and ground game, while others lean towards Miocic’s power and wrestling.
As we get closer to November (and hopefully confirmation that the fight is on), we’ll update this post with our expert UFC predictions and share our thoughts in a more detailed breakdown, as well.
UFC betting odds for the Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic fight are already available at some bookmakers, as well.
Popular bookmaker BetUS has Jones as a -330 favorite against Miocic, who is currently available at +260 odds.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Jon Jone’s next fight?
Jon Jones’ next fight is tentatively scheduled for November, though the exact date has not been announced yet. This highly anticipated matchup will see him defend the UFC heavyweight title against former champion Stipe Miocic.
Who is Jon Jones fighting next?
Jon Jones is set to face former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in his next fight. This bout is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November.
Who did Jon Jones fight last?
In his last fight, Jon Jones took on Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 in March. Jones secured a dominant first-round submission victory over Gane, capturing the UFC heavyweight title in the process.
What are the betting odds for the Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic fight?
BetUS has odds for Jon Jones next fight available now. Jones is listed as a -330 favorite against Miocic, who is currently available at +260 odds.
As anticipation builds for Jon Jones’ next fight against Stipe Miocic, the MMA world is left to ponder the potential end of an era. Whether this bout truly marks the end of Jones’ storied career or merely a temporary pause, one thing is certain: the upcoming clash between these two legendary fighters will be a must-see event for MMA fans worldwide.