The UFC and President Dana White are off to a fast start in 2022. After several standout events such as UFC 270 and UFC London, mainstream attention continues to grow. With eight months left in 2022, MMA fans can expect a thrilling summer of fights.
One fighter people continue to question White about is Jon Jones. Since announcing his transition to heavyweight, the MMA world has speculated about the success 'Bones' will have. When asked about Jones in an interview with TMZ Sports, the UFC President had this to say:
"Our lineup this summer is incredible. I'm hoping Jon Jones is going to be a part of that lineup this summer.... Stipe makes sense."
Since losing the title to current champion Francis Ngannou, Stipe Miocic has been eager to get back into the octagon. The former champion has fought some of the best heavyweights of the last decade, and a test like Jones would not be out of the ordinary. The Cleveland native has a golden opportunity to spoil the return of 'Bones.'
The UFC heavyweight division is currently all over the place, making it the perfect time for 'Bones' to strike. Ngannou will be out indefinitely with knee surgery, opening the possibility for an interim title fight. Meanwhile, the rest of the heavyweight division is not in a spot to compete for the interim title.
Ciryl Gane has the skills but just lost a title fight last time out. Curtis Blaydes may need one more win before a title shot, while Tom Aspinall is looking to fight Tai Tuivasa. So, Jones vs. Miocic is a perfect fit for a summer interim heavyweight title fight.
Watch Dana White's interview with TMZ Sports below:
Dana White and Jon Jones seem to be on the same page about summer return
When Jones announced his transition to heavyweight, most people had no idea what to expect. 'Bones' is a legendary fighter, but the move up to heavyweight is unlike any other weight class switch. The former light heavyweight champion made the right decision to take his time and slowly develop his body for the baddest fighters on the planet.
Take a look at Jon Jones' preparations for the heavyweight division below:
Earlier this month, Jones was asked on Twitter if he's been offered a fight yet. 'Bones' had this to say:
"Nope, but my plan is to be in peak condition come June/July."
Take a look at the tweet by Jones below:
The timeline for Jones, White, and the heavyweight division is all lined up perfectly for a summer interim title fight against Miocic and 'Bones' has never shied away from a challenge during his unforgettable MMA career.
Take a look at Dana White calling Jon Jones the GOAT below: