- Jon Jones has set his sights on Stipe Miocic as he hopes to put on a dominant performance against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285
- “Bones” wants to face Miocic sooner rather than later
Jon Jones has yet to make his highly-anticipated UFC return but he’s already talking about his next plans. The former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion is set to face Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285 and he wants to Stipe Miocic next.
Striking the iron while it’s hot
Speaking TMZ Sports ahead of UFC 285, “Bones” went straightforward and revealed that he plans to “solidify his legacy” by beating the best heavyweights in the world. With many hailing Miocic as MMA’s heavyweight GOAT, Jones fancies taking his chances sooner rather than later.
“Stipe Miocic would be a great challenge you know obviously I’m not looking past Ciryl Gane, I got a huge order ahead of me but Stipe Miocic is who I got my eyes on you know people consider him the greatest heavyweight of all time and the opportunity to compete against such a man, I’d be honored. The opportunity to beat such a guy would be truly something special and and that’s what I want to do, I want to solidify my legacy and I know you got to fight the best guys out there and as long as Stipe is still in the game, that would be the next. That would be my next target,” Jones said.
Jon sees the same thing with Ciryl
While Miocic certainly has an apparent GOAT status across his name, Jones believes that a win over Gane will also be good for his legacy. As for how he sees the fight playing out, the 35-year-old previously said that he plans to bring his A-game against “Bon Gamin” and put on a dominant performance as much as possible.
Prior to being slated against Gane, Jones was heavily linked to a title fight with then-UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. When things began to collapse, Miocic said he was eager to step in to face “Bones” but the UFC ended up choosing Gane instead.
Jones will be hoping to become the new heavyweight champion in his debut in the division and prove that he has been in great shape despite a three-year hiatus.
Gane, on the other hand, will be out to prove that he is by far the best heavyweight there is despite losing to Ngannou in his first title shot.