Jones’ last fight was a close decision victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in which he defended his light heavyweight belt. After his requests for more pay were denied by the promotion, Jones chose to step away from the sport, vacating his title. A move to heavyweight has long been a desire for Jones, and after rumors of a return against opponents such as Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic, he’s now set to make his highly-anticipated debut against French interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane who comes off a knockout victory over Tai Tuivasa.
To the disappointment of fans, the news coincides with the departure of Ngannou from the UFC, dispelling chances of a superfight between him and Jones. After two years of negotiations, White commented that Ngannou declined a deal that would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight of all time. However, fans may see a bout between Jones and Stipe Miocic soon with the two-time UFC heavyweight champ calling for the winner in March.
Ciryl Gane will face Jon Jones for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285 💪 pic.twitter.com/iWy2MKMUiM
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 15, 2023
March 4th – I like it.
I got winner in July.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) January 15, 2023
In other news, Dana White introduces the rules of Power Slap.