Unfortantely, Jon Jones will no longer be defending his heavyweight title against former champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 next month, November 11th.
The reigning heavyweight champ has been forced out of the fight due to an injury to his pectoral tendon during wrestling training. UFC boss Dana White broke the news via sociala media tonight.
“Jon Jones was training last night, got injured, he was wrestling and he tore the tendon that connects your pec to to the bone, off the bone,” White said on Twitter. “[Out] eight months, going to need surgery. He’s out.”
BREAKING NEWS…………… Sergei Pavlovich vs Tom Aspinall for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Main Event is Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira. #UFC295 is LIVE at MSG on ESPN+ PPV pic.twitter.com/SaPAwpyHi2
— danawhite (@danawhite) October 25, 2023
White did reveal that the new main event will see Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira duke it out for the vacant light heavyweight title, while contenders Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall will compete for the interim heavyweight title.
There is still no word on why Miocic has been pulled from the card.
UFC 295 has stellar lineup – even without Jon Jones
While the loss of Jones vs Miocic is a big one, the replacement fight for the interim heavyweight title will showcase two of the rising stars of the division. The remaining card will also see a pivotal flyweight match up between Jessica Andrade and Mackenzie Dern, as well as a banger lightweight bout between Matt Frevola and Benoit Saint Denis.
- Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka – for vacant light heavyweight title
- Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall – for interim heavyweight title
- Jessica Andrade vs. Mackenzie Dern
- Diego Lopes vs. Pat Sabatini
- Matt Frevola vs. Benoit Saint Denis
- Kevin Borjas vs. Joshua Van
- Stephen Erceg vs. Matt Schnell
- Loopy Godinez vs. Tabatha Ricci
- Jared Gordon vs. Mark Madsen
- Nurullo Aliev vs. Mateusz Rebecki
- Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Nazim Sadykhov
- Dennis Buzukja vs. Jamall Emmers
- John Castaneda vs. Kyung Ho Kang
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