Jon Jones made many fans frown after he pulled out of his fight against Stipe Miocic; Jones was forced to withdraw from the event because of an elbow injury. He is currently in the recovery phase, going through surgeries, and expects to fully recover in almost two months’ time.
Jon Jones could return for the UFC 300 event.
Stipe Miocic chose to wait instead of fighting a new opponent.
#UFC Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones revealed he had elbow surgery today and offers a timeline for his return. #UFC #JonJones pic.twitter.com/vffMbbCszZ — MMA UNCENSORED (@MMAUNCENSORED1) January 8, 2024
It would be difficult to draw out Jon Jones's return, but according to his recent statement, he could show up any time before the end of 2024. Jon Jones made a flawless return against Ciryl Gane; he submitted him in the very first round and shocked the entire world.
Stipe Miocic is one step away from reclaiming his belt; he last fought against Francis Ngannou and faced a terrifying knockout loss.
Jon Jones on his injury
In a recent video, Jon Jones briefly spoke about his injury and revealed the approximate recovery time.
“Good news is that it’s about a 10-week heal process, and I’m out for months anyway because of this pec surgery, so I just thought I’d kill two birds and get this elbow taken care of once and for all,” Jones said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
"Back on this recovery, still on this recovery journey, sometimes you have to take a small step back in order to move forward, and I’m patient”. This could be Jon Jones’ last match, as he mentioned retirement quite a few times.
Tom Aspinall would be most hurt by this as he was eagerly waiting to face Jon Jones for the heavyweight belt. Aspinall can’t stand having two champions in the same division. Francis Ngannou is the only man who can postpone Jon Jones’ retirement plans, as Jon admitted that he will wait if the Ngnannou fight materializes.