Dana White had an enjoyable Press Conference in the aftermath of UFC 262. Incidentally, White became very serious whilst discussing the future of Jon Jones.
Recently, there were speculations regarding a potential matchup between Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones. Moreover, the winner would then be the next in line for a shot at the heavyweight title. However, Dana White reveals that Jon has other plans.
“I mean, he could do it,” White says. “That’s like (Tom) Brady going out and winning another Super Bowl with the Bucs. Obviously going up to heavyweight, it would be tough to argue – if he wins the title – that he’s not the GOAT. But right here, right now, he could retire, and I still consider him the GOAT right now until somebody else accomplishes what he has.”
Although White sees Jon as the GOAT right now, he is okay with ‘Bones’ not wanting to fight right now. “You know, it’s up to him. He can fight this summer, or he can never fight again. I mean, that’s up to him”. Jones is yet to respond to the idea of fighting Stipe but, his social media activity suggests that he is probably not on board.
Previously, Jones vacated his light heavyweight title in August 2020 with plans to move up to the heavyweight division. However, Jon is yet to make his debut following his spat with the UFC regarding his monetary demands. Additionally, the UFC believes that Jones is not yet deserving of a title shot.
What’s the Future for Jon Jones?
Jones (26-1), the UFC’s former light heavyweight champion, vacated his belt following a controversial win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Moreover, Jones has been “iffy” in his past few fights, leading many to question his greatness. As a result, Dana White and the UFC feel that Jones needs to prove himself before he can make a bid for the heavyweight title.
On the other hand, Stipe Miocic has been working on gaining weight, indicating he wants another shot at Ngannou. After beating Ngannou the first time around, Stipe lost to him at UFC 260, claiming a smaller shape as his disadvantage.
From a fan’s point of view, a fight between Stipe and Jones seems like the ideal solution to the situation. Both of the fighters wish to settle scores with Ngannou, so they should battle it out and see who comes out on top.
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