Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (26-1-0) has not yet officially completed his move to the heavyweight division. When he does, he’ll compete for the championship and the right to be known as the “baddest man on the planet.”
As ESPN’s Brett Okamoto explained, UFC boss Dana White recently told TMZ Sports that Jones will eventually face the winner of the UFC 260 main event on March 27 between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (20-3-0) and top-ranked challenger and knockout artist Francis Ngannou (15-3-0).
“We could have that fight [Jones versus the winner of Miocic, Ngannou] this summer,” White explained.
Jones voluntarily relinquished the light heavyweight title last summer so he could make the switch to the heavyweight division, and most believed White would give the 33-year-old an opportunity to face the winner of Miocic-Ngannou because of Jones’ box-office appeal, ability to sell pay-per-view buys to even casual fans and his status as arguably the most talented competitor in the history of mixed martial arts.
Miocic, 38, toppled Ngannou in January 2018 and most recently successfully defended the strap against former champion Daniel Cormier last August.
Ngannou, 34, has recorded four straight first-round finishes since suffering back-to-back losses in 2018.