UFC News: Dana White reveals the expected date of return of Jon Jones

The president of the UFC reveals when Jon Jones is expected to return to the octagon after being absent for over two years.

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By Shivam Khatwani | Oct 22, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been out action since February 2020. His last bout was a title defense against Dominick Reyes and since then the fans have been eager to see him come back.

However, it is worth noting that Jon Jones has been working hard to move up to the heavyweight division. Over the last two years, Jones’ has bulked up considerable and looks ready to make his heavyweight debut.

While Jones has been teasing a return to the octagon for a while now, the UFC boss Dana White has revealed exactly when he expects to see the former UFC champion return.

During a recent interview with BT Sport, Dana White suggested that he hopes to see Jon Jones compete early next year, “We’re working on getting him back. Hopefully early next year or in the spring. Jon has been a difficult guy to manage and deal with over the years, but at the same time, I respect the talent, the brilliance.” said White.

Will Jon Jones directly fight for the heavyweight championship upon his return?

Ever since Jones made his desire of wanting to move up to the heavyweight division known, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his potential opponent. While at many occasions it has been suggested that he will fight Stipe Miocic first, it has also been rumored that he might get a title shot straight away.

However, it is worth noting that his opponent depends on Franics Ngannou’s return as well. The UFC heavyweight champion underwent surgery following his win over Ciyrl Gane and is still recovering from the same. If Ngannou is ready to return at the same time around Jon Jones then we might see Jones competing for the title straightaway, if not, he might end up facing Stipe Miocic first.

That said, it will be interesting to see Jon Jones compete at the heavyweight division regardless of who he takes on.

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