Recently there’s been talk of Jon Jones long awaited comeback at heavyweight taking place against Stipe Miocic at UFC 282 on December 10th in Las Vegas, but confirmation that a light-heavyweight title rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira is now the headliner for that show appeared to pour cold water on that plan.
That news came only two hours after Jones had told a fan on social media that he was training to fight the former heavyweight champ at the event, even though it’s never been made official yet.
“I’m preparing to fight Stipe December 10 in Las Vegas,” Jones told the fan on Twitter. “Not really sure what’s going on between Stipe and the UFC but I’m ready to compete!
“I’m going to control what I can and stay in shape.”
With Prochazka vs. Teixeira II now official as the main event it seems to be increasingly unlikely that Jones return will happen on that same card, though stranger things have happened over the years.
If Jones return is pushed back then it may mean that Miocic won’t be his opponent when he does eventually step back into the Octagon as when ESPN’s Ariel Helwani first revealed earlier this month hat the UFC was looking at Jones vs. Miocic for UFC 282, he also stated that if it didn’t happen the UFC’s intention was to look at booking Jones against Francis Ngannou in the spring of next year instead.
Of course that heavyweight title clash is far from certain either given that the UFC and Ngannou still have to come to terms regarding a new deal, which so far has proven to be easier said than done.