Jon Jones: Bout with Tom Aspinall Remains Possible; Offers Career Advice to UFC Interim Champion

Jon Jones is focused on regaining his health and defending his UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic. Yet, this doesn’t mean Tom Aspinall is out of the picture.

Following Jones’ (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC) withdrawal from a slated UFC 295 matchup with Miocic due to a torn pectoral muscle, the promotion brought an interim title into the fold. Aspinall (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) seized that opportunity, delivering a stunning 69-second knockout against Sergei Pavlovich on short notice at the same UFC 295 event where Jones was initially set to feature.

Despite Aspinall’s current status as interim champion, his next fight won’t be against Jones.

Both Jones and UFC CEO Dana White insist that the much-anticipated showdown with Miocic must happen first, despite Miocic’s absence from the octagon since March 2021 and his last victory dating back to August 2020. This situation has understandably frustrated Aspinall, as he has expressed through various exchanges with “Bones.”

The chance of them facing off is still unclear. Jon Jones, aged 36, shared that he’s taking his career step by step. He won’t make any big promises about fighting Aspinall if he beats Miocic, but he won’t say it’s impossible.

“I’m really going to base whether I continue on how I compete against Stipe, how I heal up from this injury,” Jones shared with Submission Radio. “I could blow Stipe out of the water or it could be an absolute war, and I feel like I need to take one step at a time before seeing what I do next. But the Tom fight is definitely not off the table – especially with how I’ve been feeling being out here. I feel just totally reinvigorated and just reenergized just being around all these fans, so I can’t just walk away. The ball is rolling in a really positive direction for me to continue my career.”

Jones remarked that Aspinall is currently “not important enough yet to determine my schedules and my decisions,” implying that their potential fight isn’t his immediate focus. However, he didn’t rule out the possibility entirely. Jones emphasized that he has injury recovery and a bout with Miocic to contend with before considering any future matchups, and he doesn’t believe it would be wise for Aspinall to wait for these circumstances to unfold.

Jones advises that the best way for Aspinall to attract him into a fight is to stay active and defend the interim belt. This would make a potential showdown between them even more significant.

Jones said, “If I were him, I would get after it, I would get after it.”

“If you truly believe you’re the best in the world, get after it. Go out there and compete; the real fans will count your victories as champions. But don’t let me slow you down. Go out there and kick butt and make your money.” He added.

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