JON JONES’ UFC return appears to have been leaked – when a Las Vegas venue showed a huge ad promoting the legend, who faces Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title on March 4.
That would mean Francis Ngannou vacating the crown – after he too was tipped to take on Jones.
The former light heavyweight king and pound-for-pound No. 1 Jones, 35, has built up for the senior division in almost three years.
And an ad on the outside of T-Mobile Arena in Vegas suggests “Bones” will meet 32-year-old Frenchman Gane at UFC 285.
Fellow icon Ngannou, 36, has fallen out with the UFC over his desire to add boxing to his MMA calendar.
The Cameroonian claims he has lost millions to potential UFC bouts as he seeks to negotiate a deal that will allow him to compete in flagship competitions.
Ngannou last struggled when he defeated ex-training partner Gane to retain his title after a unanimous decision in January 2022.
He surprised many that night by using superior grappling to end former interim champ Gane’s undefeated record.
But for now, it’s Jones who has reclaimed the limelight.
And meeting Gane in two months would captivate a sport some consider him the greatest of all time.
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However, some reports suggest that the T-Mobile Arena banner ad for a March match was just a “behind-the-scenes blunder.”
But the prospect of such a mega-fight is taken seriously by others.
In fact, Gane Jones recently called out for a fight at UFC 285, writing on Twitter: “Where are you at Jonny Bones? I’m free this March Vegas.”
And last summer, UFC boss Dana White insisted Jones was “ready” for his comeback.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7136854/jon-jones-ufc-return-leaked-ciryl-gane/ Jon Jones’ UFC return ‘LEAKED’ as Las Vegas arena appears to reveal MMA legend will face Ciryl Gane for heavyweight title