Jon Jones implies UFC exit after Stipe Miocic fight

Jon Jones implies UFC exit after Stipe Miocic fight

Jon Jones has indicated that his upcoming bout against Stipe Miocic will be his final one in the UFC. The former light-heavyweight champion returned to the octagon after a three-year hiatus to claim the vacant UFC heavyweight title by submitting Ciryl Gane in March. Jones subsequently announced that his next fight would likely be against former champion Miocic although it was set back from July to later in the year. Despite the eventual timing, Jones, now aged 35, believes this will probably be his last fight. “Right now, my goal is to have one more big fight against Stipe Miocic [at] Madison Square Garden and then hang it up from there,” Jones said in an interview with Fox Sports Australia. “I think the Stipe fight will be plenty for me, I don’t think I’ll have much to prove after beating Stipe Miocic. I’ve been in the game a long time […] fighting for a long time, training for a long time. I’m an old guy, and I just really want to be around for my family, be around for my kids.” Jones had previously expressed a desire to fight former champion Francis Ngannou, who dethroned Miocic in 2021, and said he would remain in the UFC to fight Ngannou if he were to return: “I do believe a Francis fight would be worth entertaining not retiring,” Jones said. “I think a Francis fight would come with some serious revenue, and that would make it worth my while.”

Ethan Mitchell is a sports enthusiast with a passion for analyzing and writing about various sports, including basketball, soccer, and tennis. He holds a degree in Sports Management and has been a sports journalist for over six years. When he's not busy covering games, you can find him playing pick-up basketball at his local park.

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