- Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith break down Ciryl Gane’s performance at UFC 285
- Stipe Miocic shared his honest take on the so-called GOAT title fight with Jon Jones
Fight fans are still buzzing about Jon Jones’ return and triumphant UFC 285 victory over Ciryl Gane. Weighing in on the fight, podcasters Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith reckoned one fighter wasn’t really there.
‘Bon Gamin’ came with no game
Like other analysts thought, Bisping and Smith agree that Gane did not put his best foot forward in the fight.
“Jon Jones is very versatile, very diverse, he can win the fight anywhere. He can win by submission, he can take you down, he can ground and pound you, he can beat you on the feet, that’s what makes a great champion and that’s what makes him the greatest of all time… I mean there’s not much else to say in the fight I mean, because you’re absolutely right [Jones didn’t] allow Ciryl to get into a flow, to move around, to get going, to find his mojo, to build any momentum, took him down, choked him out and I feel sorry for Ciryl because it’s almost embarrassing,” Bisping assessed on his Bisping and Smith’s BYM podcast.
“That’s a tough one… if you go in there and there’s some back and forth and they’re just ahead of you the whole time and you just get beat fair and square like that’s easier to live with. But he wasn’t in that fight for a second like, I’m not sure [if] he feels like it’s probably enough he was in a fight,” Smith added
Miocic vs. Jones
Even before copping the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 285, Jones has already been calling out Stipe Miocic. For “Bones,” beating Miocic will cement his name as the greatest fighter of all time. Indeed, it’s a huge accolade to have but for Miocic, it’s just an additional glitter to his already legendary career.
Speaking to Bisping and Smith, the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion acknowledged that fact that Jones is regarded by many as the “GOAT.” However, Miocic pointed out that regardless of how great Jones’ is, that incredible streak will still come to an end the moment they meet inside the Octagon and he, on the other hand, will just add another GOAT title to his name.
“Just icing on a cake for me,” Miocic said of beating Jones. “He’s made the best of the best, he’s yeah, you know the GOAT but you know like I said he’s undefeated. Unfortunately, right now he hasn’t fought me so that’s gonna change.”
Miocic is already 40 years old and has not fought since 2021. Nevertheless, he remains confident about beating Jones. At this point, Miocic is looking at making the fight happen in July as it is the earliest possible date based on what he was told.
As a champion, Miocic defended his title four times and only lost twice since 2015, one against Ngannou at UFC 270 and one against Daniel Cormier at UFC 226.