'The fight that's going to happen' – Jon Jones backed to make UFC return for heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic

'The fight that's going to happen' – Jon Jones backed to make UFC return for heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic

March 27, 2022

HENRY CEJUDO has backed Jon Jones to make his UFC return for the interim heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic.

Jones has been out the octagon since February 2020 when he beat Dominick Reyes and vacated the light-heavyweight belt soon after.

The American has since been training for a heavyweight debut upon his comeback.

Current champion Francis Ngannou, 35, is out injured and yet to sign a contract extension.

It means Jones, 34, could slot into an interim title fight with former belt holder Miocic, 39, touted as a potential opponent.

Cejudo, 35, told The Schmo: "That's the fight that's going to happen. That's where we are going to be able to really see the creativity of Jon.


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"If we really think about; I don't see Stipe with crazy knockout power. I think Stipe's greatest gift is his endurance.

"Jon Jones, he needed this time off to get his mind right, to let his body recovery and enjoy his family.

"He needed all this, I wouldn't be mad if he takes another year off because he's accomplished so much.

"He got to a point where he was so good that people started to adapt to him."

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Jones has been training with former Olympic gold medallist and two-weight UFC champ Cejudo for his return.

And he was still hailed as the UFC's best pound-for-pound fighter – with a second title only adding to the argument.

Cejudo said: "Whether you hate him or love him, Jon Jones is the greatest of all time.

"He's going to cement that even more so when he wins the heavyweight title.

"Jon Jones knows how to win, the only person that can really counter that is a guy that takes risks. That's the only way you're going to beat him.

"You're not a better competitor than him, he's the best competitor right now in the UFC, pound-for-pound any division."

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