UFC star Jon Jones confirms Ciryl Gane’s heavyweight fight as a stadium bug with early announcement

UFC superstar Jon Jones confirms he will take on Ciryl Gane in a heavyweight megafight as the stadium accidentally early announces the fight

  • UFC star Jon Jones confirms he will take on Ciryl Gane in a heavyweight megafight
  • A Jones vs. Gane billboard was seen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou is now said to be a free agent

UFC superstar Jon Jones has sensationally confirmed he will fight Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title – with the news coming after the stadium where the fight will take place appeared to be jumping the gun and it was early announced.

The former light heavyweight champion has not fought since February 2020 and subsequently announced his intention to expand and move up a division.

UFC superstar Jon Jones (pictured) has sensationally confirmed he will fight Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title

UFC superstar Jon Jones (pictured) has sensationally confirmed he will fight Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title

Jones was due to return at UFC 285 and face heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou - but French star Ciryl Gane (pictured fighting Tai Tuivasa) gets the coveted bout

Jones was due to return at UFC 285 and face heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou – but French star Ciryl Gane (pictured fighting Tai Tuivasa) gets the coveted bout

Jones was due to return at UFC 285 in Las Vegas on March 4 and take on heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou – but on Saturday night he confirmed French star Ciryl Gane had landed the coveted fight.

Jones let the cat out of the bag in an interview with his MMA star Henry Cejudo’s YouTube channel.

‘I’m glad I got out of here. Henry is just so intelligent and such a great leader and tactician. It’s just been great, it’s been a really great journey so far,” Jones said.

“Day one of four, just weeks away from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane.”

Jones’ statement came just hours after a sign at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – which will host UFC 285 – advertised the fight before Jones or the board confirmed it.

Two photos of the billboard caused a stir on social media, with some fans believing the signage was a “behind-the-scenes blunder”.

The UFC hadn’t officially announced the fight – and it’s unknown if it will be for an interim belt or for the heavyweight championship.

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (pictured) recently sparked speculation he could be close to stepping up to become a rival, and some pundits believe he may already be a free agent

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (pictured) recently sparked speculation he could be close to stepping up to become a rival, and some pundits believe he may already be a free agent

Gane (pictured fighting Ngannou last January) called out Jones to a fight last week, tweeting:

Gane (pictured fighting Ngannou last January) called out Jones to a fight last week, tweeting: “Where are you on Jon Jones? I’m free this March, Vegas’

UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou recently sparked speculation that he may be about to jump to a competing promotion after sharing photos of a family member wearing a Professional Fighters League t-shirt.

On December 10, The Predator announced that his “second career is coming up soon” and that he was about to start a “new chapter,” leading many to believe his days with the UFC were drawing to a close.

Some experts believe his contract with the organization has expired, making him a free agent.

Gane called out Jones to a fight last week, tweeting: “Where are you on Jon Jones? I’m free this March, Vegas.’

The Frenchman would be an interesting opponent for

The Frenchman would be an interesting opponent for “Bones” with just one loss to Ngannou and is widely regarded as the best heavyweight forward

The Frenchman would be an interesting opponent for Bones. Gane has lost just once – against Ngannou last January – and is widely regarded as the best heavyweight forward.

Jones has a 26-1 light heavyweight record, with one no contest for testing positive for a banned steroid following his knockout win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017.

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