According to reports, former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones ( 26-1-0 1 NC 20-1-0 1 NC UFC) looks set to clash with UFC legend Stipe Miocic (20-4-0 14-4-0 UFC) in a blockbuster event set for September. Everyone has weighed in, including current Eagle FC heavyweight Yorgan De Castro. Jon Jones’s return to the Octagon is much anticipated; as he hasn’t competed since defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020.
The fight is a fascinating one between two big names in the promotion as the winner is set to battle it out against Cyril Gane for the interim heavyweight champion after Francis Ngannou’s contract issues. “Bones” Jones tore apart the light heavyweight division of the UFC and is stepping up to the heavyweight division.
In a bid to return to the Octagon after his long absence, Jones eyed a fight with current champion Francis Ngannou which didn’t happen due to Jones’ $30 million asking price; as revealed by Dana White. The American would take on Stipe Miocic, according to reports. Despite the speculation remaining unconfirmed by the head of the promotion, Jones is tagged favorite heading into the matchup.
Yorgan De Castro Shows Full Support For Jones
A host of former UFC fighters, including Henry Cejudo, have taken their sides on who would emerge winner in the exciting matchup, and the latest is Yorgan De Castro, who feels Stipe Miocic is no match to the ever-ready Jon Jones after spending a few days with the former champion in his training camp
“I don’t see anyone else at heavyweight with a good enough wrestling or ground game. And if they have good wrestling, Jones will be superior on the feet… I think Jones will run through Stipe… He’s walking around at 255 pounds but is so strong. And cardio will be the key. He has so much cardio. He hits pads for two hours and doesn’t slow down,” the former UFC heavyweight revealed.
Jones is unbeaten barring his DQ loss and his no-contest. His last bout, where he defended his title, was a highly-contested decision win over Dominick Reyes that has spelled the beginning of poor form for Reyes.
De Castro believes that while Bones can bang, his skills are more well-rounded than other heavyweights. “You’re never comfortable with him in sparring. If you start to get comfortable with the hands, he wrestles you. If you want to get up, he throws elbows and knees. Not many people can do that at heavyweight. Everybody has heavy hands, but not many people can combine wrestling and jiu-jitsu. And Jones’ versatility will make the difference [at heavyweight].”
Miocic, on the other hand, lost his title to the undisputed champion Francis Ngannou. ‘The Silence’ has also proven to be a renowned fighter and a dominant force, halting opponents by knockout 15 times.
He holds the record for most wins in heavyweight title fights and the longest title defense streak in the heavyweight division, at three consecutive defenses.
He hasn’t competed in the octagon since his loss to Ngannou, so the man of Croatian descent is getting in his most perfect shape to take on another elite fighter in Jones. This fight is sure to be incredible, and it will draw a lot of eyes wherever it lands.
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