Jon Jones next fight: ‘Bones’ expected to return in November for super-fight with heavyweight GOAT

The Jon Jones next fight news has tentatively arrived and the UFC legend claims he will make his highly anticipated return in November at an iconic sports arena. Who is “Bones” expected to face later this year?

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Who will Jon Jones next fight be against?

Jones made his return to the sport in March of 2023 with a dominant performance in his heavyweight debut. In victory, he added the heavyweight title to his legendary resume and placed himself atop the division mountain. There have been rumors for months his goal is a fight with former division king Stipe Miocic next.

Those plans have not changed despite being sidelined with a torn pec and the UFC great revealed in May he expects to return on a yet-to-be-announced November card in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Miocic is likely to be the opponent.

How to watch Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic on Nov. 9

  • Jones vs. Miocic is expected to headline a PPV card on Nov. 9
  • The fight will take place inside Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
  • The card will air exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view for a price of $79.99.

Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic preview

While it may not be the fight many UFC fans want since Tom Aspinall is the current interim heavyweight champion, the bout still has a lot of historical relevance as the greatest fighters from two neighboring divisions face off to add a legend to their impressive resumes.

Diminished relevancy: While Miocic is seen by many as the greatest heavyweight of all time, he will be entering this fight on a three-and-a-half-year layoff and at 42 years old. His expected opponent will have had just one bout in over four years.

Long-time fans will still watch but this matchup doesn’t have nearly as much importance as it might have if it happened two years ago.

Is this Jones and Miocic’s last fight: With Jones seemingly ducking a fight with Tom Aspinall, the most relevant fighter in the division today, the signs seem to point toward this possibly being “Bones” final fight. The same could be said about Miocic who rarely competes anymore. That makes the bout all the more must-see.

The bottom line: It isn’t the fight that many fans want but it is still very important and could be the last time we see two of the best UFC fighters of all time.

Is Jon Jones the greatest fighter ever?

It is hard not to consider Jon Jones as the greatest fighter ever. He is 27-1 and his lone defeat is a controversial disqualification in a bout he was dominating back in 2009. During his career, he has beaten countless Hall-of-Fame caliber fighters and former champions, is the best light heavyweight fighter in UFC history, and is one of the few to win championships in two divisions.

The only person who has come close to beating “Bones” during his time in the sport really is himself.

The greatest fighter of all time: There are many UFC competitors who were cage-fighting legends. However, few have the resume of Jones. It’s why he probably has the best case to be called the greatest MMA fighter ever.

  • Jon Jones record: 27-1 (10 knockouts, 7 submissions)
  • The 35-year-old has only one loss, but his disqualification defeat to Matt Hamill in 2009 has been disputed as an example of terrible MMA referee work, and many still view him as being undefeated after 27 fights.
  • Jones has beaten nine men who have held a major MMA championship during their career. Six of them are UFC champions.
  • “Bones” has wins over Hall-of-Fame caliber fighters in Daniel Cormier, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, and even current UFC 205-pound champion Glover Teixeira.
  • From 2011 to 2019, only one other man — Daniel Cormier — held the UFC light heavyweight title besides Jones.
  • Jones made history in 2023 by becoming the latest fighter to be a two-division UFC champion when he beat Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285.
  • If you typed “Jon Jones brothers” into a browser search you might be surprised to find out that both his siblings have played in the NFL. His younger brother Chandler is one of the best edge rushers in the league over the last decade.

A troubled young man: For all the greatness Jones has shown inside the Octagon, his life outside fighting has been tumultuous and filled with numerous run-ins with the law. It has badly tarnished his reputation and legacy.

  • The UFC superstar has been arrested several times during his decade-long run in the spotlight. One of the most infamous was a 2015 car accident where a pregnant woman broke her arm, and Jones ditched his car and ran off before the police arrived on the scene.
  • Jones has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs on two occasions. His 2017 positive test led to his TKO win over Cormier, in their rematch, to be overturned to a no-contest.
  • The New York native has battled alcohol issues for years and it was the source of his 2021 arrest in Las Vegas. The arrest came hours after being inducted into the “Fight Wing” of the UFC Hall of Fame.

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Jon Jones’ net worth

The measure of a fighter’s success is in dollars and cents they stack up from a career of professional fisticuffs. Jon Jones’ net worth is estimated to be $3 million.

Did Jon Jones ever get married?

Many wonder about who is Jon Jones’ wife. But he actually hasn’t gotten hitched and instead has been engaged for over nine years to his fiancee Jesse Moses. She is also the mother of his three children.

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