Dana White Reveals Potential Timeframe For Jon Jones’ UFC Heavyweight Title Shot
We may have a timeframe for the heavyweight debut of Jon Jones.
This Saturday night, March 27, UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic will put his gold on the line against Francis Ngannou in a rematch. Back in January 2018, Miocic defeated Ngannou via unanimous decision. They will share the Octagon again with the winner likely to meet Jones next.
UFC President Dana White appeared on ESPN’s First Take and revealed that the winner of Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 could meet “Jones” this fall (h/t ESPN MMA).
Dana White says Jon Jones could be facing the #UFC260 main event winner "sometime in the fall" 👀
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 26, 2021
“[Jon] Jones has been training for this moment for a while now… I’m sure he’ll be watching closely on Saturday night and then whoever wins, we’ll figure out when this fight happens. I’m assuming what makes the most sense is Jones versus the winner sometime in the fall.”
Back in November 2020, Jones’ coach Mike Winkeljohn told Submission Radio that he feels “Bones” has Miocic beat in every area (via The Body Lock).
“It’s a tough one. Stipe is a great striker, so strong everywhere and he’s real smart. I saw the way he was controlling some of the heavyweights on the ground. He’s smart about what he does. But I think Jon beats him in every one of those aspects. When Jon puts his mind to it, Jon beats everybody at wrestling, he beats everybody at stand-up, he beats everybody everywhere and always ends up having a bloody show when things go right.”
Jones hasn’t been shy in expressing his belief that he could also take out Ngannou. When Ngannou posted a pic on Twitter of himself and asked Jones if he was still interested in a heavyweight move, “Bones” made it clear that he won’t be intimidated.
First you can save the rest of your tongue pictures for your other homies and yes I’m right here, just waking up from watching that Derek Lewis fight again. You ain’t scaring nobody, I saw your heart. You’re a big old mouse, I’ll expose you https://t.co/F6FEcc4mGE
— BONY (@JonnyBones) May 20, 2020
“First you can save the rest of your tongue pictures for your other homies and yes I’m right here, just waking up from watching that Derek Lewis fight again. You ain’t scaring nobody, I saw your heart. You’re a big old mouse, I’ll expose you.”