Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic is happening
The long-delayed bout between UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones and ex-champ Stipe Miocic will main event UFC 295. Jones and Miocic have been in each other’s orbits for practically an eternity, and now the two will finally face off. This figures to be a massive fight between two of the best that ever did it. There is a caveat though, that cannot be ignored.
Miocic has been out of action for more than two years. That layoff happened after getting flattened by Francis Ngannou and after a trilogy with Daniel Cormier. It does say something about the state of the heavyweight division that this fight, likely another Jones wipeout win, is the biggest that can be made with the current talent crop.
Henry Cejudo out, Pedro Munhoz in at UFC 292
A grudge match between Marlon Vera and Henry Cejudo will have to wait another day. Cejudo, who was hoping to bounce back after his loss to Aljamain Sterling, had to pull out of the fight suffering an injury in training camp. Vera is keeping his place on the card, thanks to Pedro Munhoz being available to sub in.
Munhoz is 2-4 in his last six fights, with all four losses coming to current or former champions. Vera vs. Munhoz is a more evenly matched fight that figures to be more competitive than the original plan. Either way, both Vera and Munhoz need a win to stay relevant at bantamweight, and this is a solid crossroads clash.
GSP to return in grappling bout
The legendary Georges St. Pierre will return for a December 14 grappling match to be aired by UFC Fight Pass. Though details are scant, GSP may potentially roll with Anderson Silva or Kamaru Usman. The former welterweight and middleweight champion has been keeping in shape, and mostly in the public eye due to his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony, the question came up if GSP might face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the contest. He seemed non-commital in his answer, but GSP coming back in any respect should be fun while it lasts.