Aspinall Gets Title Shot at UFC 304 – Jon Jones Uninterested in Unification

"Jon Jones avoids unification bout"

Tom Aspinall is gearing up for a crucial bout at UFC 304 in Manchester, England, but the question on everyone’s mind is whether Jon Jones will ever unify the heavyweight title with the winner.

Jones Focused on Miocic

Jon Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC), currently recovering from an injury, is set to defend his title against former champion Stipe Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) on November 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jones, widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, has hinted at a potential retirement after this fight, making a future unification bout unlikely.

Aspinall’s Rising Star

Tom Aspinall (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has quickly climbed the ranks with impressive performances in the octagon. The British fighter has showcased exceptional speed and skill for his size, making him a fan favorite. His recent victory over Curtis Blaydes demonstrated that he is a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.

Aspinall has expressed doubts about Jones ever facing him. – If I win, I don’t think Jon will fight me, Aspinall said. – He’s looking for the biggest names and the easiest fights to cement his legacy.


Blaydes’ Perspective

Curtis Blaydes (18-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who recently lost to Aspinall, shares the sentiment that Jon Jones will avoid facing the winner of Aspinall’s next fight. – Whether I win or Aspinall wins, I don’t think Jon will fight anyone other than Stipe, Blaydes stated. – After Stipe, he’ll likely retire. He likes to throw out different scenarios to keep people talking, but I don’t think he would risk his legacy against any of us.

Blaydes emphasized that Jones is adept at using social media to maintain his relevance and understands the importance of a constant online presence. – He knows what he’s doing. But do I honestly believe he would risk his legacy against a guy like me? No. If he beats me, what does it do for his legacy?

Aspinall’s View on the Title

For Aspinall, the UFC 304 bout is an opportunity to prove he is the rightful champion, regardless of Jones’ decision. – That’s how I view it (as an undisputed title fight), Aspinall said. – When I told my family and friends, “I’m fighting for a belt,” I didn’t say interim belt. I said a belt. To me, it is the real belt.

The Future of the Heavyweight Division

With Jones’ potential retirement looming after the Miocic fight, the heavyweight division could face a period of uncertainty. Blaydes believes Jones will prolong his retirement to maintain his hold on the title for as long as possible. – It won’t be a smooth transition of power, Blaydes said. – He will “retire” unofficially, but won’t officially retire for who knows how long. As long as the UFC allows him to drag it out, he will.

Regardless of what happens, fans are eagerly anticipating an exciting matchup at UFC 304 and hoping to see a clear heavyweight champion emerge soon.

▶️ Follow us on Youtube for the best & latest MMA content ▶️
Jon JonesLatest newsMMATom Aspinall