Jon Jones was all set to make his second appearance of the year against Stipe Miocic. However, to everyone’s disappointment, Jon Jones pulled out of the fight because of a serious injury. Jon Jones thinks he will take a few months to recover and is eyeing a return in the first quarter of 2024.
It’s going to be a long wait, and the new UFC interim heavyweight champion of the world, Tom Aspinall, believes Jon Jones should be stripped of the title because of the injury. Interestingly, Aspinall believes he is the heavyweight champion and not Jon Jones.
Aspinall does not want Jon Jones to be a barrier on his way to the top and is seeking a fight with Stipe Miocic.
Tom Aspinall on Jon Jones
Recently, on Michael Bisping’s YouTube channel, Tom Aspinall shared his thoughts on Jon Jones injury and explained why Jon Jones should step aside and let him fight Stipe Miocic next.
“I think Jon Jones should be stripped from the title, to be honest, because everyone else does when they get injured like that,” Aspinall said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “I don’t see why he’s still got it, I don’t understand that.
I should be the real champion right now. It’s hard to say without sounding rude, but who [is asking] about Jon Jones and Stipe anymore, why do we get this legacy fight? And they get to live by their own rules? What’s a legacy fight — a retirement fight for a title? I want to fight Stipe and then I want to fight Jon Jones.
I think all this other stuff is rubbish. Stop protecting him now, stop protecting your boy Jon Jones at the top. If he’s injured, get out of the way and I’ll fight Stipe”.