John Jones“A return to the UFC may be nearing completion.
According to the UFC president, the former UFC light heavyweight champion appears to be ready for a long-awaited return after more than a two-year absence. Dana White. Speaking on Monday at The Jim Rome Show White said that Jones was just waiting for an opponent, but he was ready to fight again.
“Jon Jones is ready to go,” White said. “We are just waiting for the opponent. It will be either Francis (Ngannou), depending on how long it takes for his knee to recover, or Stipe Miocic.”
Jones hasn’t fought since light heavyweight title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020. That same year, he vacated the belt from interest to move up to heavyweight and fight for the title there. In the process of moving up in the weight class, Jones has been vocal in the past about contract issues with the UFC. However, that seems to be a thing of the past as he nears a comeback.
“It’s very interesting because I’m a big believer in ring rust,” White said. “But despite all the negative things you could say about Jon Jones, his personal life and things that happened, he’s the best. He’s definitely the best of all time.”
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Miocic, the former UFC heavyweight champion, has yet to receive an invitation to fight. He last competed in March 2021 when lost his belt by knockout now champion Francis Ngannou.
On the other hand, Ngannou is close to becoming a free agent and has also been having contract issues with the UFC. He is currently recovering from knee surgery and aims for a return in late 2022 or early 2023. Earlier this year, Ngannou defended his contract by defending his title against Cyril Gein at UFC 270. He is featured in British star Tyson Fury’s interest in boxing.