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Jon Jones teases fight against Stipe Miocic: “The greatest heavyweight of all time versus the greatest light heavyweight”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is looking for a fight, and he’s looking at the former heavyweight champion to potentially be his next opponent. On Friday, Jones teased a fight between himself and former champion Stipe Miocic, who is considered among some to be the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, after he had the most title defenses in promotion history.

Jon Jones took to his Twitter page on Friday, calling for a fight against “the greatest heavyweight of all time” saying he’s “game” if that is the fight that everyone wants to see.

“The greatest heavyweight of all time verss the greatest light heavyweight, who wants to see it? I’m game”

The last time Jon Jones competed inside the Octagon was at UFC 247 in February of 2020 when he defended his light heavyweight title againt Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision, in a fight that many thought was closer than what it was scored.

Since his last fight, Jones has been in legal trouble following an incident with a woman in Las Vegas, has made his intentions known to move up to heavyweight after vacating the light heavyweight title, and left his longtime home gym of JacksonWink MMA and is now training at Fight Ready in Arizona.

Stipe Miocic has not competed himelf since l0sing the belt to reigning champion, Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 in March of last year. After three consecutive title defenses of his heavyweight title, Miocic would embark on a trilogy of fights against Daniel Cormier, where he on two out of three fights, and then returned to face Ngannou in a rematch of their first meeting from 2018. In that meeting, Miocic used wrestling and overall control and dominance through five rounds to secure the victory and defend his title.

When they met at UFC 260, Ngannou defeated Miocic by second-round knockout and would most recently go on to defend his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 last month. The future of Ngannou and the heavyweight title is up in the air however as the champ will undergo surgery to fix a knee injury and has had a public contract dispute with the promotion.

The rift between Ngannou and the UFC could lead to an interim title fight being made for the heavyweight division, and it appears that Jon Jones is ready to test himself against the most successful heavyweight champion in UFC history. It also appears that Miocic is open to it, as he stated just a couple months ago that he not only wants to face Jones in the future, but he’d like to face Ngannou for a trilogy of their own.

 

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