Amid the suspense over which Dana White will choose for the duel in which he will star UFC 300, Jon Jones reveals that he was one of those considered to take the lead. In the process of recovery after shoulder surgery, the current heavyweight champion (up to 120.2kg) was grateful for the value given by the president, but stated that he would not be able to fight in time.
“I got a call from Hunter Campbell (in charge of fight scheduling), he said, 'Jon, I know you only have nine weeks to go (until UFC 300), but if there's any chance you're feeling up to it, it would be incredible news for the (MMA) community that you're coming back and headlining one of the biggest events in history.' And I'm honored as I am by the opportunity, I said I don't think I'd be ready”, revealed Jones in an interview with 'Submission Radio'.
At 36, Jon Jones had to leave the Octagon after suffering a serious injury while preparing to face Stipe Miocic No. UFC 295. Inactive since winning the title in March 2023, the athlete expects to make his first title defense against the Croatian soon and does not rule out retirement if his performance is well evaluated upon his eventual return.