UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was injured in training, and is out of his highly-anticipated title fight against Stipe Miocic, which was to take place November 11th at Madison Square Garden. The announcement was made by UFC CEO Dana White earlier this evening.
Jones, who was to defend the title against former champion Miocic in the main event of the event at the World’s Most Famous Arena, reportedly tore his pectoral tendon off the bone in training Monday night and he’ll need surgery which will keep him out approximately eight months.
The vacant light heavyweight title fight between former champ JiYí Procházka and former middleweight titleholder Alex Pereira will now headline the card at Madison Square Garden. Tom Aspinall vs. Sergei Pavlovich has been added to the event, and that match will be for the interim heavyweight title.
Miocic will no longer compete on the card with the loss of the high-profile fight against Jones. The hype was built around Jones, positioned as the best fighter in MMA history, against Miocic, positioned as the most successful heavyweight ever in UFC.
The current recovery timetable looks to take Jones out of UFC 300, which will reportedly take place in April, 2024.