Two days ago Jon Jones received an official offer from the organization to headline the UFC 300 anniversary tournament, which will take place on April 13 in Las Vegas.
The reigning UFC heavyweight champion, who is recovering from injury, revealed this in an interview with Submission Radio.
“A couple days ago I got a call from Hunter Campbell, one of the UFC’s top lawyers, and he said, ‘John, I know there’s only nine weeks left, but if there’s even the slightest chance, it would be awesome if you could come back and headline the greatest event of all time,'” the American said. “And while I’m honored, I don’t think I’ll be ready. I’ve come to an age where I have two more events left in reserve, and in those two shows I want to put everything I have into them, which means I have to be in 100 percent shape”
According to Jones, speaking of his two remaining fights, he doesn’t rule out stepping up for a unification bout with interim division champion Tom Aspinall after his title defense against Stipe Miocic.
“Yeah, Stipe will be next. He’s been in the sport for a long time, although he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. We have unfinished business with him and it’s only right that we close this matter. I’m excited about Tom, his future, and I’m not saying this fight won’t happen. It will all depend on how I recover from this injury, how the fight with Stipe goes – maybe I’ll take Stipe out with ease, or maybe it will be an absolute war. So, I prefer to take it one step at a time – we’ll see how things pan out and make a decision based on that”
It should be noted that at the moment Jon Jones is in Australia, where the day before he took part in a rugby training session, thus demonstrating that he is in decent physical shape and can perform quite difficult exercises.