Henry Cejudo thinks Jon Jones isn’t fighting in July at International Fight Week due to him wanting more money.
After Jones became the UFC’s heavyweight champion back in March, he called out Stipe Miocic and the plan was for the fight to happen on International Fight Week in July. However, it was recently revealed the fight won’t happen in July and according to Cejudo, he thinks it is because Jones knows he can get more money by holding out a bit longer.
“Jon also knows that there might be an opportunity to get a little more cash. Do I blame him? No, not really. I also think it made International Fight Week a little different this time with a lot of different championship fights,” Cejudo said on his YouTube channel. “But, once you start to put Jon Jones in there, I think there is a bigger fight. From what I know now, the UFC will change its route and they are probably going to do (it at) Madison Square Garden. Jon is already talking about retiring again, Jones is a businessman.”
Whether or not Jon Jones will actually get more money by holding out until November is uncertain. But, what is likely is the fact his first title defense will be against Stipe Miocic.
‘I believe Stipe is a tougher challenger than Ciryl Gane’
Although Miocic hasn’t fought since he was knocked out by Francis Ngannou back in March of 2021, Henry Cejudo knows he is a tough out for Jones. He also expects it to be a much harder fight for Jones than Ciryl Gane was.
“I believe Stipe is a tougher challenger than Ciryl Gane. I also think that Ciryl Gane respected Jon maybe a little too much. Jon also needs to know that Stipe is a wrestler and comes from that nitty gritty background. Once you wrestled, every other sport, anything in life, Dan Gable said it best, is easy. Stipe will fight Jon, and at first, I thought Ciryl Gane would be a tougher matchup, but I just don’t know man,” Cejudo added.
Currently, Jon Jones is still on the sidelines waiting for a fight contract, which Henry Cejudo thinks is smart of him as he can get more money.