UFC 239 Jon Jones RankingsJon Jones Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Former UFC airy heavyweight champion Jon Jones whitethorn beryllium waiting a small longer to marque his heavyweight debut.

While rumors person flown precocious astir a imaginable Jones vs. Stipe Miocic match-up during this year’s International Fight Week successful July, that appears to person been pushed back. Jones addressed the taxable Tuesday connected societal media, revealing that Miocic had a penchant for a September date.

“Stipe is saying that helium volition beryllium astatine his implicit highest successful September. I’m disappointed but patient, I privation the heavyweight goat astatine his implicit best,” wrote Jones. “I’ll hold until September. No excuses.”

A imaginable September day was archetypal reported by Alex Behunin connected Monday’s occurrence of Cageside Live.

Jones (26-1, 1NC) past competed successful February of 2020, defending his airy heavyweight rubric for the last clip astatine UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes. He would vacate the loop that August, with talks swirling regarding a match-up with Francis Ngannou.

The combat would ne'er travel to fruition, adjacent aft “The Predator” defeated Miocic to assertion heavyweight gold. Now, with Ngannou healing up from a genu wounded (not to notation having fought retired his astir caller contract), an interim rubric could beryllium connected the enactment betwixt Jones and Miocic erstwhile they meet.

Miocic (20-4), for his part, has besides endured an extended absence. He has not competed since losing his loop to Ngannou successful March 2021 astatine UFC 261. A two-time heavyweight champion successful the UFC, Miocic inactive holds the grounds for astir consecutive rubric defenses successful the value class, astatine three.