The eagerly awaited heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic has been cancelled, according to an announcement by UFC
CEO Dana White on social media.
Jones got hurt
Jones, who was set to defend the UFC heavyweight title against former champion Miocic at UFC 295 on Nov. 11 in New York, suffered a pectoral tendon tear during a training session on Monday night. He requires surgery and will be unable to fight for about eight months. The main event will now be the vacant light heavyweight title fight between ex-champ JiYí Procházka and past middleweight titleholder Alex Pereira at Madison Square Garden.
Tom Aspinall vs Sergei Pavlovich
A fresh co-main event fight has been organized between Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich for the interim heavyweight title. Following the cancellation of the match against Jones, Miocic will not participate in the card. The Jones vs. Miocic fight was promoted as a face-off between Jones, considered the greatest MMA fighter in history, and Miocic, the most successful UFC heavyweight to date. Sources mention the intent to reschedule the Jones vs. Miocic fight for a significant event in 2024.