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Jon Jones provides new timeline on UFC return, Stipe Miocic super fight

UFC 235: Jones v Smith Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

When is Jon Jones making his way back to the Octagon?

There was talk of having “Bones” compete against Stipe Miocic at the upcoming UFC 276 pay-per-view (PPV) event this July in Las Vegas, but it appears the former heavyweight champion will not be ready for battle until September.

Jones shared the disappointing news on social media.

“Stipe is saying that he will be at his absolute peak in September,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I’m disappointed but patient, I want the heavyweight GOAT at his absolute best. I’ll wait until September. No excuses. It really [sucks], my coaches and their families were definitely excited for this fight. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed today.”

The fight against Miocic has been on the table since UFC 218 back in summer 2017.

Jones, who turns 35 in July, has not competed since a razor-thin decision victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 more than two years back. As for Miocic, 39, he was last seen surrendering his strap to heavyweight hurter Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 in March 2021.

Hopefully we can get a more definitive timeline on Jones vs. Miocic in the near future.