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Jon Jones calls for UFC 282 match with Stipe Miocic

February 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jon Jones (red glove) fights Dominic Reyes (not pictured) during UFC 247 at Toyota Center. Mandatory credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, it was announced that the main event for UFC 282 on December 12 will be the light heavyweight title rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira. While this is a great fight, it is not the one that fans wanted for the ultimate PPV title.

Fans wanted to see the heavyweight debut of Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC). Jones hasn’t fought since 2020 as he prepares for his transition to the heavyweight division. In a perfect world, Frances Ngannou would have been available in the UFC to make the title superhero between Jones and Miocic.

However, Ngannou is still recovering from knee surgery and likely won’t be ready until March. Having an itch to fight, Jones wanted the UFC to book it against former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (20-4). The hope was to book these two for the temporary address in December.

Jones invites to UFC 282

In this perfect world, the interim title fight would be UFC 282 and then winner Ngannou would fight for the undisputed title in the spring. Whoever wins will attend a huge showdown with Ngannou. With Jones, it would easily be the most famous fight in promotion history.

With Miocic, it will be the third fight in the trilogy between him and Ngannou. There was not much talk about the delay. Well, Jones took to Twitter last night and said he still wanted to fight Miocic at UFC 282.

If the upgrade can make it happen, they will do just that. I really hope they can because Stipe Miocic deserves another title break and Jon Jones needs to fight this year if possible. Time will tell if the battle will actually take place.

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