Jon Jones Declines Offer to Headline UFC 300

Oh boy, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is really pulling out all the stops. They’re on the hunt for the perfect main event for UFC 300. It’s like they’re leaving no stone unturned.

So, there was this chat on Submission Radio. Jones spilled the beans. The UFC was eyeing him for the headline spot at UFC 300. But here’s the kicker: Jones had to bow out of UFC 295 last November. Why? A torn pec. Ouch. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, he had to go under the knife for his elbow earlier this year. “Bones” is on the mend, aiming for a showdown with Miocic. But UFC 300? That’s a no-go.

Jones got this call from Hunter Campbell. He’s one of the big-shot lawyers over at the UFC. Campbell’s like, “Jon, I know it’s a tight squeeze, just nine weeks out, but imagine the buzz if you could make it.” Jones was flattered, for sure. But he had to pass. “I’m not just there yet,” he admitted. Age is creeping up on him, and he wants to make his remaining fights count. Full throttle, nothing less.

Fast forward to April 13, and where are we? The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, baby. UFC 300 is shaping up to be a barnburner. Gaethje vs. Holloway for the “BMF” title. Weili Zhang’s putting her strawweight belt on the line against Xiaonan Yan. And get this: Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan are duking it out in a lightweight title eliminator. Dana White’s hinting at something big for the headliner, but mum’s the word so far.

Now, about Jones. He’s not riding into the sunset just yet for UFC 300. But, he’s dropping some hints about sticking around. Facing Miocic could’ve been his swan song. Yet, here he is, eyeing a scrap with interim heavyweight champ Tom Aspinall. Aspinall’s been hankering for a crack at Jones, stirring the pot on social media and in interviews. Last month, things got a bit spicy between them.

Jones is playing it by ear. “It all hinges on how I fare against Stipe,” he said. It could be a walk in the park or an all-out war. He’s taking it step by step, injury recovery and all. But the buzz from the fans? It’s got him pumped. Walking away doesn’t seem right, not now. The vibe’s too good, and the fight with Tom? Still on the table. Jones is feeling the love, and it’s got him thinking the journey’s far from over.

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