Official Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic bout 'scrapped' – Pavlovic vs. Aspinall now set for interim title clash.



Official: Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic bout ‘scrapped’ – Pavlovic vs. Aspinall now set for interim title clash.

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In a major disappointment for martial arts enthusiasts worldwide, the highly anticipated bout featuring UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Stipe Miocic has been called off. The showdown, originally slated for UFC 295 in New York, USA on the 12th of next month (Korean time), has been canceled due to an injury to Jones.

UFC CEO Dana White made an unexpected announcement on the 25th, revealing that Jones had suffered a left shoulder injury during training, necessitating surgery and an eight-month recovery period. Consequently, Jones will not step into the Octagon at Madison Square Garden as previously scheduled.

To salvage the event, the UFC has designated an interim title fight in the heavyweight division. Urgently stepping in are Sergei Pavlovic, ranked 2nd, and Tom Aspinall, ranked 4th. The winner of this interim bout will be awarded the interim title and will subsequently face Jones in a title match upon his return.

As for Miocic, his future plans remain undisclosed. It remains uncertain whether Miocic will retain his right to challenge for the next title opportunity.

Sergei Pavlovic, ranked 2nd, is known for his devastating punching power and is often referred to as the ‘White Ngannou.’ While he faced a TKO defeat in his UFC debut against Alistair Overeem in 2018, he has since gone on a remarkable six-fight winning streak, with all six victories coming by way of knockout or technical knockout.

Tom Aspinall, ranked 4th, is a versatile fighter with a UFC record of 6 wins and 1 loss. He endured a setback with a TKO loss to Curtis Blaydes in July of the previous year due to a knee injury but made a triumphant return this year, securing a TKO victory over Marcin Tybura last July.

The revised main event for UFC 295 now features the light heavyweight championship clash between Iri Prohasta and Alex Ferreira, which was initially the co-main event. Meanwhile, the interim heavyweight title fight between Pavlovic and Aspinall will serve as the new co-main event.


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