Jon Jones sidelined from UFC 295 heavyweight title defense due to injury.



Jon Jones sidelined from UFC 295 heavyweight title defense due to injury.

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UFC’s heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming title defense against Stipe Miocic, according to Dana White, the CEO of the promotion. Regarded as one of the greatest UFC athletes, Jones was set to headline UFC 295 on November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York, facing former champion Miocic. However, an announcement via social media revealed that the 36-year-old Jones had suffered a torn pectoral tendon during training, necessitating surgery and a minimum eight-month recovery period.

In Jones’s absence, Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall, ranked second and fourth in the heavyweight division, will now vie for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 295. Additionally, the light heavyweight title bout between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira has been elevated to the main event.

Dana White explained the unfortunate injury, saying, “Jon Jones was training last night, got injured, he was wrestling, and he tore the tendon that connects your pec to the bone, off the bone. [Out] eight months, going to need surgery. He’s out.”

Jones, a former light heavyweight champion, made his return to the UFC in March following a three-year hiatus. His debut at heavyweight, UFC 285, saw him submit Cyril Gane in just over two minutes to claim the vacant belt. With an impressive professional record of 27-1 with one no contest, Jones is currently riding an 18-fight winning streak, including a record 14 title fights at 205 lbs.

On the other hand, Stipe Miocic, a two-time former heavyweight champion, is considered by Jones as the best heavyweight in UFC history. Miocic’s last competitive fight was at UFC 260 in March 2021, where he lost the belt to Francis Ngannou.


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