Dana White explains why Stipe Miocic is not part of the interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 295: “Complete disrespect”

By Susan Cox - October 26, 2023

Dana White is explaining why Stipe Miocic is not part of the interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 295.

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With only two weeks to go, UFC 295 has had a major reshuffle due to injury.

UFC 295 takes place on Saturday, November 11th at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The main event heavyweight title fight is gone – it was to be Jon Jones  (27-1 MMA) vs. Stipe Miocic (20-4 MMA) for the belt. Due to an injury, which occurred during training, Jones had to withdraw from the match.

Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic

Jones will require surgery to fix a pectoral muscle tear and will likely be out of commission for many months.

The new main event will feature Tom Aspinall (13-3 MMA) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (18-1 MMA) for the interim heavyweight belt.

With Jones out, Stipe Miocic is also out of UFC 295. While many might wonder why the 41-year-old isn’t on the card, Tom Aspinall summed it up when speaking on ‘The MMA Hour’:

“He’s (UFC exec Hunter Campbell) like, ‘Listen, Jones has injured his shoulder, he’s gonna be out for like a year. Stipe only wants to fight Jones. You and Pavlovich for the interim title.’ I’m like, ‘I’m in.’”

Dana White, at a recent Power Slap post-fight press conference, further explained why Stipe Miocic was out of UFC 295:

“Stipe’s not fighting for an interim title, you know what I mean? Jones said, ‘I wanna fight Stipe.’ I said, ‘You’re fighting Stipe.’ You have the greatest heavyweight of all time versus the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. This is a legacy fight for both of those guys.”

Continuing the UFC CEO said (h/t MMAMania):

“I mean, to even call Stipe and ask Stipe to fight for an interim title is, you know, complete disrespect. This is a fight for two legends, legacy, two of the greatest to ever do it. Fans wanna see it, I wanna see it, and they both wanna do it.”

So there you have it – we will see Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic in a battle of the heavyweights, just at a later date.

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