Well, here we are again; another UFC PPV main event has been stricken by the injury bug. Jon Jones is out of his heavyweight title defense against Stipe Miocic. This bout was set to headline UFC 295, which is just over two weeks away. Dana White confirmed this via Instagram just minutes ago.
The show must go on! The UFC brass is great at putting on good shows and pivoting when big fights succumb to the many variables that go into pitting two fighters against one another. While it's incredibly upsetting that Jones is forced to pull out, especially with the talk of retirement looming large with this fight, we've got some remedies for UFC 295.
Jon Jones Pulls Out Due to Injury – An Interim Heavyweight Fight is Set
We just learned earlier today that the UFC 294 results didn't affect Jones' position in the pound-for-pound rankings, he's still the best. Jones entering this UFC 295 main event bout as the P4P best was a cool story, but we've got to wait and see what happens now. Of course, we wish Jones a speedy recovery.
Per Dana White, Jon Jones tore a tendon near the pec right off of the bone. This happened while he was wrestling. The heavyweight title is going to stay with Jones, but the title picture isn't sitting static. For the interim heavyweight title, Sergei Pavlovich will take on Tom Aspinall at UFC 295 in the co-main event.
Sergei Pavlovich is 18-1 with 15 knockouts to his name. After losing his UFC debut, he's gone on to win six fights in a row, all of which resulted in a first round KO/TKO. His last three fights saw the 31-year-old Russian finish Derrick Lewis, Tai Tuivasa and Curtis Blaydes. The only thing left for Pavlovich is a title shot, and that's what he's getting.
Tom Aspinall is a serious threat as well. 13-3 with ten wins by KO/TKO, Aspinall has made some really good fighters look like they don't belong in there with him. Tom is one of the fastest heavyweights on the roster, and he'll really need to use his speed to avoid any and all shots coming his way come UFC 295.
UFC 295 Main Event: Alex Pereira vs Jiří Procházka
This was already exciting, but as our new main event? Yeah, this card is still holding up. Jiří Procházka won the light heavyweight title when he shocked the world by being the first man to submit Glover Texeira in MMA. He suffered a gruesome injury and he relinquished the title because of this.
Jamahal Hill would win the vacant title but he too would suffer an injury and be stripped of the belt. Now, Procházka has a chance to reclaim his place in the light heavyweight division following his time off, but he's got a tough task with heavy hands in front of him.
Enter Alex Pereira. A two-time Glory kickboxing champion, the former UFC middleweight champion, and a man who just defeated a former light heavyweight champion — Pereira is looking to realize gold in the UFC's 205lb division. This is a clash of two prolific finishers, two must-watch fighters and two men that have once held gold in the UFC already.