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Dana White confirms Jon Jones will not battle till 2022 after revealing Stipe Miocic has accepted blockbuster UFC battle

UFC president Dana White has confirmed Jon Jones will NOT return to the octagon this 12 months.

The previous long-reigning light-heavyweight champion hasn’t set foot contained in the cage since his controversial UFC 247 victory over Dominick Reyes final February.

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UFC chief Dana White has confirmed Jon Jones won’t battle this yearCredit: Getty

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Jones hasn’t fought since his UFC 247 conflict with Dominick ReyesCredit: Getty

Jones’ absence has from the cage has been right down to an ongoing pay row with the promotion, who aren’t keen to satisfy his calls for for his long-awaited heavyweight debut.

MMA followers have been hoping to see the pound-for-pound king compete this 12 months, however White stated: “He’s not combating until subsequent 12 months.

“It’s 2021. He’s not combating till [2022]. I’m not even excited about him till ’22.”

White not too long ago revealed former heavyweight king Stipe Miocic had been provided and accepted a showdown with the longer term hall-of-famer.

However with Jones on the sidelines till subsequent 12 months, the longer term is now unclear for Miocic.

When requested what’s subsequent for the previous champion, White admitted: “I don’t know.

“The gorgeous factor about this division proper now’s we had this battle tonight.

“Now Francis [Ngannou] versus Ciry [Gane], you’ve received Jon Jones on the market in 2022 and you bought Stipe on the market nonetheless, too.

He’s not combating until subsequent 12 months

Dana White on Jon Jones

“Meaning there’s a whole lot of enjoyable developing over the following 12 months, 12 months and a half.”

An excellent-fight between Jones and Ngannou was excessive on battle followers’ wishlists after the latter knocked out Miocic in March to turn into the UFC’s first African-born heavyweight champion.

Ngannou was wanting to welcome Jones to heavyweight however is not holding out for Bones.

He advised Sirius XM Radio: “If you happen to ask me who I want to battle, I might say Jon Jones.

“However everyone knows Jon Jones is just not going to battle any time quickly, and I don’t need to sit there ready for him.

“That’s not what ought to outline my schedule. I need to battle, and as a champion, I need to defend my title.

“However I simply need to make it proper for me. That’s all. On the finish of the day, it doesn’t matter who it’s.

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“While you’re champion, you sort of simply assume which you could battle all of the contenders.

“It doesn’t matter the order of them. You’re going to battle them.

“In the event that they’re a legit contender, it’s important to battle them. It’s not your alternative.”

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