Dana White hopes Jon Jones will fight this summer; Stipe Miocic “makes sense”


Could Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic meet just around the corner

UFC President Dana White told TMZ that he’s looking forward to possibly having the three-time light heavyweight champion return this summer with a pair of pay-per-view cards on the horizon.

The UFC 275, takes place in June 11, Kallang, Singapore. It features a pair title fights. Glover Teixeira, the current 205-pound champion, faces Jiri Prochazka, while Flyweight Queen Valentina Shevchenko meets Taila Santos. On July 2, UFC 276 caps off this year’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas, and that lineup is still under construction.

White would like to see Jones fight again soon, and according to him, there are ongoing discussions.

“Listen. People have been talking about this card and I just told someone the other day that our lineup for summer is amazing, so I hope that Jon Jones will be part of that lineup,” White stated.

Jones has not competed since a successful light heavyweight championship defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020. He later vacated the title amid a contract dispute with the UFC and planned to move up to the heavyweight division.

Jones has been unable to take action due to legal issues. Most recently, Jones struck a plea deal that saw domestic violence charges dismissed after he was arrested at a hotel in Las Vegas this past September when authorities were called to address an incident involving Jones’ then-fiancee and children.

In April, Jones tweeted that he hopes to return in June or July, which would line up with White’s timetable. As for whom he might fight, a rivalry with two-time UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has long been brewing, and White agreed that’s the way he’s leaning.

“Stipe makes sense,” White said.