UFC superstar Jon Jones confirms he’ll take on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight mega-fight as stadium appears to accidentally announce the bout ahead of schedule
- UFC star Jon Jones confirms he’ll take on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight mega-fight
- A billboard of Jones vs Gane was seen advertised at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
- UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou is is expected to now be a free agent
UFC superstar Jon Jones has sensationally confirmed that he will be fighting Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title – with the news coming after the stadium where the bout will be held appeared to jump the gun and announce it early.
The former light-heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since February 2020 and subsequently announced his intention to bulk up and move up a division.
UFC superstar Jon Jones (pictured) has sensationally confirmed that he will be fighting Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title
Jones was expected to return at UFC 285 and take on heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou – but French star Ciryl Gane (pictured fighting Tai Tuivasa) is getting the coveted fight
Jones was expected to return at UFC 285 on March 4 in Las Vegas and take on heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou – but on Saturday night he confirmed French star Ciryl Gane has landed the coveted bout.
Jones let the cat out of the bag in an interview with fellow MMA star Henry Cejudo’s Youtube channel.
‘I’m glad I did come out here. Henry is just so intelligent, and such a great leader and tactician. It’s just been great, it’s been a really great trip so far,’ Jones said.
‘Day one of four, just a few weeks out from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane.’
The statement from Jones came just hours after a sign at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – which will host UFC 285 – advertised the bout before Jones or the governing body had confirmed it.
Two photos of the billboard sent social media into a frenzy, with some fans believing the signage to be a ‘behind-the-scenes mistake’.
The UFC had made no official announcement of the bout – and it is not known if the clash will be for an interim belt or the heavyweight championship.
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (pictured) recently sparked speculation that he could be about to jump ship to a rival promotion and some experts believe he could already be a free agent
Gane (pictured fighting Ngannou last January) called out Jones for a fight last week, tweeting: ‘Where you at Jon Jones? I’m free this March, Vegas’
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou recently sparked speculation that he could be about to jump ship to a rival promotion after sharing photos of a family member wearing a Professional Fighters League T-shirt.
On December 10, ‘The Predator’ stated that his ‘second career was coming up soon’ and that he was about to begin a ‘new chapter’, leading many to think his days with the UFC are coming to an end.
Some experts think his contract with the organisation has expired, making him a free agent.
Gane called out Jones for a fight last week, tweeting: ‘Where you at Jon Jones? I’m free this March, Vegas.’
The Frenchman would make an interesting opponent for ‘Bones’, with only one loss on his record to Ngannou and is widely regarded as the best striker in the heavyweight division
The Frenchman would make an interesting opponent for ‘Bones’. Gane has only lost once – to Ngannou last January – and is widely regarded as the best striker in the heavyweight division.
Jones has a 26-1 record in the light heavyweight division, with one no contest because he tested positive for a prohibited steroid after his knockout win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017.
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