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Jones looks set for easy heavy defence

Sports 16 Oct, 2023 Follow News

Jon Jones is the dominant heavyweight

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is back in action next month and the UFC heavyweight champ looks certain to retain in title in what seems like an impossibly comfortable assignment. 

Stipe Miocic has been an underdog several times in his career, but something feels different about his upcoming title fight against Jones at UFC 295.

Perhaps it’s the fact that the ex-UFC heavyweight champion hasn’t fought in more than two years, and that his last fight ended in devastating fashion against Francis Ngannou.

Miocic also recently turned 41, so is way past his prime. Jones sits as a 4-to-1 favourite to beat Miocic, but don’t expect the Cleveland native to start sweating bullets because people are betting on him to lose at New York’s Madison Square Garden on 12 November.

“It took me a couple fights, but after a while, I just stopped caring what everyone thought,” Miocic said. “I just don’t care anymore. You think I’m going to lose? Good for you. You’re going to waste a lot of money now. You’re going to bet against me, you’re going to lose some money. Sorry for that, but onto the next.”

Jones, 36, has never had a legitimate defeat in his 28-bout career — his one loss came via disqualification — and he’s taken out eight ex-champs or interim titleholders from the UFC.

It’s an impressive résumé, but Miocic has never been intimidated by anybody during his career, and he certainly won’t start now. Nevertheless, he looks odds on for another humiliating defeat.

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