The UFC has been rocked by yet another injury bombshell for a title fight as Jon Jones was ruled out of his heavyweight championship bout against Stipe Miocic with a torn pec.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the crushing news via social media.
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“Here we are again,” White said.
“Jon Jones was training last, night got injured. He was wrestling and tore the tendon that connects your pec to the bone, off the bone.
“Eight months, going to need surgery. He’s out.”
With Jones’ bout against Miocic now called off, Jiri Prochazka’s bout against Alex Pereira for the light heavyweight title was elevated to the main event for UFC 295 on November 12.
Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall, who were not on the card at all, will now contest for the interim heavyweight title.
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The Jones injury continues the rotten run of luck for title fights in the UFC.
Charles Oliveria was ruled out of his lightweight title fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294, prompting Australian star and featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski to step up on 11 days’ notice.
Unfortunately for Volkanovski, it didn’t end as he’d have hoped after Makhachev knocked him out in the first round.
The co-main event of UFC 294 was also forced into a late reshuffle when Paulo Costa was forced out of his bout against Khamzat Chimaev due to a serious staph infection.
Former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman took the fight on even less notice than Volkanovski and pushed Chimaev all the way, but it was the latter who ultimately prevailed on the scorecards.