Jon Jones hints retirement after Stipe Miocic fight, unless Francis Ngannou back in the Octagon

Jon Jones has confirmed that he will most likely retire from fighting after his potential heavyweight title defense against former champion Stipe Miocic. Jones, who won the heavyweight title earlier this year against Ciryl Gane, is expected to face Miocic in a highly anticipated event at Madison Square Garden later this year. If he defeats Miocic, Jones believes that would be enough to establish his legacy and enable him to call it a day.

“I believe that the Stipe fight is all I need,” Jones stated in an interview with Fox Sports Australia. “I don’t think that I have much left to prove after beating Stipe Miocic. I’ve been in the sport for quite some time, and in fighter years, I’m old. I have a few minor injuries, and I want to enjoy spending more time with my family, playing with my kids, and having a sound mind and healthy joints. I can see myself leaving soon because of that.”

Jones isn’t entirely dismissing the possibility of other lucrative fights, though. Although he is content to retire after facing Miocic, he admits that he would be willing to entertain a match against current free-agent and former heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, if he returns to the UFC.

“If Francis Ngannou comes back to the UFC, I think that fight would be worth considering before I retire,” Jones remarked. “It’s quite lucrative, which means it would generate significant revenue. Francis is also a former champion and is quite well-liked among fans worldwide. It would be a lot of money, and for that, I’d be willing to return to the ring.”


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