Jon Jones became UFC Heavyweight Championship in his first fight back in three years by beating Ciryl Gane. The win also immediately earned him the #1 Pound for Pound ranking as he became a two-division champion after being the longest reigning light heavyweight champion.
Jones has ring sirens of warning in the whole division by getting the win in just two minutes after three years of inactivity. With him being as dangerous as always. It would also beg the question who will be next to take up on him? Who will fight Jon Jones next? When is he scheduled to fight next?
Jon Jones Next Fight
Jon Jones is announced to fight next against Stipe Miocic. After winning the vacant Heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285, Jones was quick to call out Miocic as his next opponent in his post-fight press conference. By calling Miocic the best heavyweight ever, Jones said he wanted to face the best.
UFC previously wanted to set up Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones bout last year, but a deal with Miocic could not be finalized for UFC 282. The bout was attempted to be made for UFC 285 also, but Miocic did not agree to the fight once again. However, after Jones’ callout, Miocic also commented that he is ready to fight Jones.
A former Heavyweight Champion himself, Stipe Miocic is inactive for the last two years now. He was last seen at UFC 260 where he lost the title to Francis Ngannou. A long-time UFC fighter, Miocic holds a record of 20-4. He holds the record for most consecutive title defenses for the heavyweight title with three defenses in his first reign from May 2016 to July 2018.
Jon Jones’ Next Fight Date & Venue
UFC President Dana White announced Jones vs Miocic on November 11, 2023, in New York at Madison Square Garden.
Jon Jones Current Record
Jon Jones has taken part in 29 fights over the course of 14 years of MMA career. 23 fights out of these 29 have come under UFC’s banner while just 2 of his fights have not come in Light Heavyweight. Jones has been on the losing side just once, and that loss was via disqualification due to illegal elbow strikes. That loss came against Matt Hamill in The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweight Finale on December 5, 2009.
Since then, Jones has gone undefeated in 19 fights, the record for the longest unbeaten streak in UFC. He also holds the records for most consecutive and overall title defenses in UFC Light Heavyweight division. By winning the heavyweight championship at UFC 285, he put his name in history as a two-division world champion.