Jon Jones will not be defending his UFC heavyweight championship as planned. UFC president Dana White revealed on Wednesday that Jones has suffered a torn pectoral tendon, requiring surgery and sidelining him for eight months. This means his scheduled bout against two-time former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 will not take place.
As a result of Jones’ injury, the vacant light heavyweight title bout between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Perreira has been promoted to the main event of UFC 295. Additionally, an interim heavyweight title fight has been created, with contenders Sergei Pavlovic and Tom Aspinall set to compete for the title in the co-main event.
UFC 295 is set to take place on November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event will mark Jones’ second sidelining, following his prolonged negotiations with the UFC before his heavyweight title win in March.
Stipe Miocic will no longer be participating in the event and will not have a replacement opponent.