American-Croatian UFC fighter Stipe Miocic has been offered a fight against Jon Jones and accepted the challenge, UFC president Dana White has revealed.
Speaking on the Full Send podcast, the UFC president said that Miocic has been offered a fight against Jones and has accepted it.
“When he (Jones) is ready to fight we are ready to go. He’s talking about fighting at heavyweight. But, in the heavyweight division right now we are going back to Houston, Derrick Lewis is taking on Ciryl Gane and whoever wins that fight will fight Francis Ngannou. Whoever wins that fight, if Jon Jones wants to come back he can fight one of them. Or, he can fight Stipe Miocic. Stipe has accepted that fight and will take that fight,” White said.
Jones made his intentions clear that he wants to fight for the title so accepting the Miocic fight might not make sense but it is a pathway as the winner would get a heavyweight title shot.
However, it’s uncertain whether or not Jones would accept the scrap despite Miocic already accepting it.
White does not think Jones will fight again until next year and if he accepts he could take on Miocic in early 2022 and then wait for winner of the Ngannou versus Gane or Lewis winner for the title later that year.
“He’s not fighting until next year,” White said about Jones.
Miocic has made it clear he is keen to get back in the cage.
“I have a baby boy coming in August so pretty excited. I wanna get back what’s mine. I hate losing more than anyone, I am the most competitive person you will ever meet,” Miocic, who is currently bulking up said earlier.
“I’m trying (to gain weight). It’s bulking season so trying to eat as much as I can to get big and strong. I’m trying to get to 250 pounds. I am really gonna try and stick to getting a bit more weight and mass. 20 pounds will help.”