The UFC is currently reeling from the whole Conor McGregor retirement situation as the scheduled main event for UFC 200 hangs in Limbo. Pound-for-pound king and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is available to save the biggest event in UFC history.
As mentioned in a previous report, the reigning UFC featherweight champion announced his shocking retirement from mixed martial arts on Tuesday via Twitter. He was then pulled out from the UFC 200 main event against Nate Diaz.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Jon Jones was asked if he is willing to step in and get the main event fight at UFC. “Absolutely, I would totally step into UFC 200 and fill in that main event or co-main event slot,” he answered.
However, note that Jones still needs to win his UFC 197 bout against Ovince Saint Preux on April 23 for the interim UFC light heavyweight championship. He was supposed to fight Daniel Cormier for the title he never lost, but DC pulled out due to injury.
On the subject of McGregor, Jon Jones was asked if the 27-year-old Irishman is really retired from the sport. “I don’t think he’s retired. I don’t think he’s going to retire,” he replied.
“Just a few days ago, he said on Instagram he’s hungry like day one. Conor is a fighter and he is a winner. I don’t think he would want to go out on a loss. I think if he doesn’t fight again, his legacy is really that Diaz fight,” Jones added.
“Bones” also mentioned that he respects McGregor for standing up for his beliefs. He said that fighting for what’s right in the business will help fighters in the future.
The 28-year-old Jon Jones is looking for redemption when he steps back into the Octagon against OSP this weekend. It’s his first fight since being stripped away from the light heavyweight title following a hit-and-run incident last April 2015.
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