Dana replied to Aspinall: 'Miocic and Jones deserve a title fight and it will happen'

The new interim heavyweight champion called out the UFC for having to wait for Jones to recover in order to take place against Miocic

by Sededin Dedovic
Dana replied to Aspinall: 'Miocic and Jones deserve a title fight and it will happen'
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Tom Aspinall, the newly crowned interim UFC heavyweight champion, has been making waves in the media since his impressive victory over Sergey Pavlovich at UFC 295. Aspinall, who entered the event on short notice, has been vocal in his desire to unify the heavyweight title and believes that Jon Jones should be stripped of his belt due to an ongoing injury.

Jones, who has not competed since his unanimous decision victory over Cyril Gane at UFC 235 in March 2021, is currently sidelined with a pectoral muscle injury that is expected to keep him out until at least the summer of 2024.

Aspinall, who is eager to face the reigning champion, called for Jones to be stripped of his title, claiming his inactivity was unfair to the rest of the heavyweight division. "I did everything I had to do," Aspinall said in a recent interview.

"I beat the best guys in the world. I'm the interim champion. I'm ready to fight for the undisputed title. Jon Jones hasn't fought in over two years. He's injured. He's not ready to fight. It's time to strip him of the title."

Dana White responded to Aspinall's criticism

Aspinall's comments did not go unnoticed by UFC president Dan White, who addressed the issue in a post-fight press conference following UFC on ESPN 52.

White, while acknowledging Aspinall's successes, maintained that Jones and Miocic the top two contenders for the heavyweight title remain. "Both (Jones and Miocic) deserve a title fight," White said. "You've got the greatest fighter of all time against the greatest heavyweight of all time.

They've earned their opportunities and they've done their jobs. Those two want to fight each other and that fight will happen. Whoever wins, it remains to be seen what they decide after that and then we will decide on the next step." With this, the UFC's first man gave a clear answer to Aspinall's criticism.

Aspinall's impressive performances and growing popularity make him a huge title contender, and it remains to be seen how the UFC will ultimately resolve the future of the heavyweight division. Maybe the UFC should give new names a chance, maybe something unexpected will happen.