With the news that greets us today, it is with heavy hearts that we have to deliver the disappointing news for all martial arts fans. The planned fight between the two greats, Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones, will unfortunately not take place anytime soon due to a shoulder injury Jones suffered during wrestling training. Dana White, the president of the UFC, personally made this news public through his Instagram profile, trying to provide as much information as possible about the situation and share with fans a video of Jones’ injury.
According to Dana White, Jon Jones will have to go through a demanding operation to repair an injured shoulder tendon. This seriously disrupts his sporting plans and will require a lengthy recovery process estimated at eight months. White didn’t go into more detail about the injury, but it’s clear that Jones’ immediate priority will be rehabilitation and recovery.
The replacement for this fight was not an easy task because such fighters as Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones are difficult to replace. The UFC has decided that Russian fighter Sergei Pavlovich and British fighter Tom Aspinall will try to win the interim heavyweight title, which remains a promising heavyweight bout, but leaves a bitter taste with the cancellations of Miocic and Jones.
Of course, the UFC 295 event will not be without an attractive main match, as Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka will fight for the position in the center of attention. But despite that, it’s hard to forget how much we all wanted to see Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones in a fight that could change heavyweight history.
Now the question is whether we will ever see this fight between the two giants of the martial arts world at all. Given Jones’ injury and planned eight-month layoff for recovery, and the time frame he needs to prepare for the bout, we arrive at a figure of over a year before the fight could happen. Then Stipe Miočić will be 43 years old, and the question is whether he will still be interested in this fight.
The answers to this question remain uncertain, and all that is left for us is to follow the development of the situation and wait for official confirmation of the date of the fight. Fighters have learned that injuries are part and parcel of this sport, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back stronger than ever
Below you can watch a video showing the moment of Jon Jones’ injury during training. As he tried to take down his sparring partner, the injury happened almost instantly, reminding us just how much risk these athletes put in order to thrill us in the Octagon.
BREAKING NEWS…………… Sergei Pavlovich vs Tom Aspinall for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Main Event is Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira. #UFC295 is LIVE at MSG on ESPN+ PPV pic.twitter.com/SaPAwpyHi2
— danawhite (@danawhite) October 25, 2023
Despite the disappointment, the fighters will continue their journey, and the fans will impatiently wait for the day when the two legends, Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones, will finally meet in the ring and bring us an unforgettable spectacle.