UFC legend Jones plans to retire from the sport after defending his heavyweight title against former champion Stipe Miocic in New York later this year.
Jon Jones plans to retire from fighting after defending the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic later this year.
Jones, 35, is widely regarded by fans as the greatest MMA fighter of all time, and the two-time UFC champion could retire at the end of the year. “Bones” tapped out Cyril Gaine in just over two minutes to win the heavyweight belt in March, and made his first defense of the belt against Miocic at UFC’s New York pay-per-view event in November. After that, I want to say I quit.
“My goal now is to have another big fight with Stipe Miocic at Madison Square Garden, and then hang on for a bit,” Jones told Fox Sports Australia. I think that’s enough for me, I feel like I don’t have much to prove after beating Stipe Miocic.”
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Jones made his UFC debut in 2009 against the late Stephan Bonner and stopped another legend in Shogun Lua just two years later to become the youngest champion in the promotion’s history. His only loss was Matt’s controversial disqualification to Hamill over a decade ago, in which Jones defeated some of the best light heavyweight fighters of all time, including Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. I came.
The 35-year-old admitted he has been plagued with minor injuries lately, adding: “I’ve been playing for a long time and got a small injury, but I really want to be there. I want to be there for my family, I want to be there for my kids. I want to be able to play with them. “I’m really proud of my career.”
Jones said the only way to survive after fighting Miocic is for former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou to return to the UFC. The UFC legend says Sergey doesn’t like fighting top contenders like Pavlovich.
“I believe the fight against Francis Ngannou is worth not retiring and enjoying,” Jones added. “I think a match with Francis would bring in a good amount of money and it would be well worth my time. Francis is a former champion and very popular not only here in the United States but around the world. That’s a lot. of money, and for that I will gladly return.