Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Suffers Nasty Injury, Withdraws From Main Event of UFC 295

Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Suffers Nasty Injury, Withdraws From Main Event of UFC 295

Byron Pillay
updated at October 25, 2023 at 1:48 PM
  • Jon 'Bones' Jones will undergo surgery after he tore a tendon off the bone during training
  • Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira will main-event UFC 295 for the Light-Heavyweight belt
  • The interim Heavyweight title will be on the line in the new co-main event of UFC 295

The highly anticipated main event of UFC 295 is no more.

Heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones was scheduled to face Stipe Miocic for the title in the main event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Jon Jones looking off into the distance.
Jon Jones will not defend his Heavyweight title at UFC 295 after he suffered a nasty injury during training. Image: Chris Graythen.
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Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira were scheduled to meet for the Light-Heavyweight title on the same night. The card will now undergo a change as Bones has suffered an injury and will be unable to defend his belt.

As reported by The Independent, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jones suffered a nasty injury during training.

“Jon Jones was training last night, got injured. He was wrestling and he tore the tendon that connects your pec to the bone... off the bone,” he explained.

White also shared footage of the moment Jones injured himself.

What’s the new main event?

Prochazka and Pereira will now main event the card for the vacant Light-Heavyweight strap in New York. The title became vacant when former champion Jamahal Hill had to relinquish it due to injury. Before that, Prochazka also held the title before vacating it.

Pereira is making his debut in the division after he opted to move up in weight following his loss to Israel Adesanya for the Middleweight strap.

What happens to the Heavyweights?

While Jones is expected to be out for many months, he won’t relinquish the belt. Instead, the co-main event of UFC 295 will be for the interim title.

Miocic, who was due to get a shot, is no longer in contention for the title, and it remains to be seen whether he will get a title match again.

Jones to defend against Miocic

Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic will lock horns for the UFC heavyweight championship at the world’s most famous arena at UFC 295, Sports Brief previously reported.

UFC President Dana White sent fans into a frenzy before Friday’s UFC 290 ceremonial weigh-ins when he announced that Jones would defend his heavyweight title against the former two-time champ Miocic.

Their fight was scheduled for November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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