Jon Jones Next Fight: Odds Heavily Favor Jones in Likely Match With Stipe Miocic
Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic Odds: Jones Given 77% to Defeat Miocic in Potential Bout
Following his dominant victory over Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 285, UFC President Dana White says Jon Jones' next fight will see him defend his title for the first time against longtime UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.
Let's take a closer look at the potential matchup.
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Jon Jones (27-1)
Three years outside of the UFC octagon, 50 plus pounds heavier, and facing the most dangerous opponent in the heavyweight division...Jon Jones faced all of that in the main event of UFC 285, and it took 'Bones' only two minutes to dispatch Ciryl Gane. Jones tripped Gane to the mat and quickly locked in a guillotine choke to force 'Bon Gamin' to tap out and doing so, claiming the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Name a UFC record when it pertains to title fights, title defenses, or main events, and there's a good chance Jon Jones is tied for or outright owns that record. Tying Jones and Miocic together in perhaps the most interesting way is by the age of 30, Jon Jones had TEN (10) successful UFC Light Heavyweight Title defenses, while Miocic had only three fights under the UFC banner and was still eight (8) fights away from fighting for UFC gold.
Making his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 87 in 2008, Jones (not counting a DQ loss against Matt Hamill) has compiled an unblemished 21-0 record in the UFC. Some of the fighters Jones holds wins over is a certified list of champions and future (or already) Hall of Famers such as Ryan Bader, Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, and Daniel Cormier (twice). As previously mentioned, UFC 285 marked Jones' first fight in over three years as well as his first bout in the heavyweight division.
Jon Jones currently holds the following records in the Ultimate Fighting Championship:
- Most Successful Title Defenses in UFC History (11 times)
- Longest Title Reign in UFC Light Heavyweight History (1,501 days)
- Longest Unbeaten Streak in UFC History (19 bouts)
- Most Consecutive Wins in UFC Light Heavyweight History (13)
- Most Consecutive Title Defenses in UFC Light Heavyweight History (8)
- Most Successful Title Defenses in UFC Light Heavyweight History (11)
- Most UFC Title Fight Victories (15)
- Most UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fights (15)
- Most Wins in UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fights (15)
- Most Wins in UFC Light Heavyweight History (20)
- Longest Total Fight Time in UFC Light Heavyweight History (5 hours, 40 minutes, 15 seconds)
- Most Significant Strikes Landed in UFC Light Heavyweight History (1,463)
- Most Total Strikes Landed in UFC Light Heavyweight History (1,835)
- Highest Takedown Defense Percentage in UFC Light Heavyweight History (95.0%)
- Fourth Most Consecutive Title Defenses in UFC History (8)
- Youngest Champion in UFC History (23 years, 242 days)
Stipe Miocic (20-4)
Standing across from Jon Jones is Cleveland's own Stipe Miocic.
Making his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 136 in 2011, Stipe Miocic immediately became a staple of the UFC's heavyweight division. Miocic rattled off three consecutive victories to begin his promotional tenure before running into a lackluster 3-2 run. However, Miocic would go on the run of his career, securing six straight victories, including a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum to claim the UFC Heavyweight Title. Miocic would drop his title against Daniel Cormier but would quickly regain the gold in a rematch against Cormier. In Miocic and Cormier's trilogy bout, Miocic would come out on top for a second time over his longtime foe but he wouldn't see the same success in a rematch against Francis Ngannou. The KO loss against Ngannou is Miocic's last bout despite it coming at UFC 260 in March 2021.
Stipe Miocic currently holds the following records in UFC Heavyweight history:
- Most Consecutive Title Defenses in UFC Heavyweight History (3)
- Most Title Defenses in UFC History (4)
- Most Wins in UFC Heavyweight Title Fights (6)
- Most Head Strikes Landed in Single Bout in UFC History (330 vs. Mark Hunt)
- Most Post-fight Bonuses in UFC Heavyweight History (9)
Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic Odds
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