Jon Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and current owner of the heavyweight title, made a triumphant return to the octagon in March 2023 after a year-long hiatus. He made a statement with an impressive victory over Ciryl Gane, needing just over two minutes to submit the highly-touted heavyweight contender.
Despite the victory, Jones hinted that his retirement from MMA could be near. He expressed his desire to face Stipe Miocic, the former UFC heavyweight champion, in a potential farewell bout. Jones took to his social media accounts to address Miocic’s recent accusation that he was afraid to face him.
Given his advanced age, Jones denied the allegation and reminded Miocic that he should be careful to compete in combat sports. Jones further emphasized his desire to make the fight happen, stating that nothing would be greater than beating a renowned fighter like Miocic in front of his fans and announcing his retirement in the octagon.
Dana White, the leader of the UFC, has also hinted that Jones is close to hanging up his gloves forever. The potential fight between Jones and Miocic would be a highly anticipated matchup for MMA fans, as both fighters are considered among the greatest in the sport’s history.
Jones, known for his desire to star in epic moments in MMA, sees this potential bout as a chance to dominate the greatest heavyweight and retire on a high note. He even suggested that Madison Square Garden in his home state would be an ideal location for the fight.
Jones’ triumphant return to the UFC has reignited talks of a potential farewell fight against Stipe Miocic. Both fighters are considered among the greatest in MMA history, and fans would highly anticipate a matchup between them. While Jones has hinted at retirement, he sees the potential bout as an opportunity to retire on a high note by dominating the greatest heavyweight of all time.
Accomplishments of Jon Jones in MMA
Jon Jones, currently 35, has an impressive MMA career that has earned him a place in the UFC Hall of Fame. He has held both the light heavyweight and heavyweight championship titles, making him one of the most accomplished fighters in the sport’s history. Fans consider him the best fighter in the history of MMA, and his record speaks for itself.
Jones has won 27 fights, lost only one, and has one result that ended without a winner declared. Among his most significant victories were over Anthony Smith, Ciryl Gane, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Reyes, Alexander Gustafsson (twice), Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida, Maurício ‘Shogun’, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader, Thiago ‘Marreta’, and Vitor Belfort. His victories over these renowned fighters have cemented his legacy as one of the all-time greats in MMA history.