Bones Back in November? UFC Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones Teases Return

Jon Jones, UFC 285
Jon Jones, UFC 285 post-fight Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

It appears we could see UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones return to action this fall, and his timeframe would line up with what Dana White recently suggested was possible.

In response to the promotion booking Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes as the co-main event of UFC 304, with Aspinall’s interim heavyweight title on the line, the injured “Bones” took to social media, writing “Trolls telling me I’m slowing down the division by getting injured. Meanwhile, the next two heavyweights aren’t even a main event? Interesting. I’m on the right path, I got until November to remind the world. Again.”

A November date would line up with what Dana White recently suggested could be the plan for Jones. Confirming it’s heavyweight great Stipe Miocic next for the champ, White said “sounds right” when asked at the UFC St. Louis post-fight press conference if the bout would take place in New York City.

The pair were previously booked for UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden in November 2023, only for Jones to tear his bicep, forcing him out of the fight. He has not competed since.

New York dates have historically arrived in November. In a since-deleted tweet, meanwhile, Jones wrote that his return date would be November 19. While he may have jumped the gun on announcing the date, all signs are pointing to a fall return for UFC heavyweight champ Jon Jones. As for Aspinall and Blaydes, the UFC interim heavyweight belt will be up for grabs in Manchester on July 27, 2024.