UFC President Dana White has revealed that he’s hoping that a blockbuster heavyweight fight between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic could takes place in the summer of this year.
“I was just telling somebody the other day, our lineup for this summer is incredible,” White told TMZ Sports. “I’m hoping that Jon Jones is going to be a part of that lineup this summer.”
And as far as who White is looking to have the former light-heavyweight champion fight, it seems he’s eager to pair him up with a former divisional champion in Stipe Miocic.
“Stipe makes sense,” White stated.
The 34-year-old Jones last fought back in February of 2020 when he successfully defended the 205lb title against Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision.
Following that fight Jones opted to vacate the title and stated that he would now begin his preparations to fight at heavyweight, a process that has now been ongoing for over two years.
At one stage it had seemed that Jones could land an immediate title shot against current champion Francis Ngannou, but when ‘The Predator’ opted to undergo surgery that’ll keep him out for the remainder of the year that changed and so now it seems that Miocic is the leading candidate.
Miocic has also been out of action for some time, with his last bout coming in March of last year when he lost the belt after being KO’d by the aforementioned Francis Ngannou.
Prior to that Miocic had successfully defended the belt with two wins over Daniel Cormier and while he’d hoped for a rematch with Ngannou after losing to him, the signs are that a massive fight with Jones that potentially could be for the interim title would be an offer he can’t refuse.