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Jon Jones Believes Stipe Miocic’s Latest Training Footage May Be Deceptive



Jon Jones (27-1) isn’t underestimating Stipe Miocic (20-4) judging by the latter’s latest training video.

Jones was originally scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Miocic at UFC 295 in November 2023 before being forced out due to a pectoral injury. Tom Aspinall knocked out Sergei Pavlovich in a short-notice interim title fight pieced together to save the card.

While Aspinall has since been rallying for a title unification bout against Jones, “Bones” is adamant on fighting Miocic when healthy. Meanwhile, Miocic has also turned down Aspinall, insisting on fighting only Jones. The general consensus is that Jones’ clash against Miocic could be both fighters’ last rodeo, leaving Aspinall’s future in the balance.

Miocic and Jones are now expected to headline UFC 309 at the Madison Square Garden in November. Miocic recently posted a video of him hitting the mitts where the part-time firefighter looked less than sharp according to some observers. However, when a fan brought the video to Jones’ attention, the champ was not sold. Jones plans on preparing even harder as he believes Miocic could be trying to deceive him with the training footage.

“I’m not a historian of war or anything, but I have learned a thing or two in my day,” Jones wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “A big part of combat strategy is timing and deception. To make a long story short, if your opponent appears weak, prepare even harder. Complacency is the greatest enemy to a fighter like myself.”
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