UFC 295 has taken a massive hit. The main event was heavyweight champion Jon Jones (27-1, 1 NC) taking on former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (20-4). The fight was being billed as the GOAT versus the heavyweight GOAT and fans around the world were hyped for this matchup.
However, that fight is now off. Dana White took to social media last night to announce that Jon Jones suffered a serious injury. The announcement was coupled with a video of Jones getting injured. Jones tore the tendon that attaches his pec to the bone and will require surgery that’ll keep him out for eight months.
In that same announcement, White announced that Sergei Pavlovich (18-1) who was scheduled to be the backup fighter for the main event will now fight England’s Tom Aspinall (13-3) for the interim heavyweight title. There was no mention of Stipe Miocic in the announcement.
UFC 295 Shakeup
This is the second straight major PPV card that has seen a shakeup. We obviously know about UFC 294 losing it’s original main event and co-main event just 11 days out. The fight with Pavlovich and Aspinall is massive, but I think I can speak for everyone and say how bummed I am that we aren’t getting Jones – Miocic.
Sergei Pavlovich is a monster who has been on an incredbile run. After losing his UFC debut, Pavlovich has won six straight fights all by finish. Not a single fight has gone to the second round and he looks like he’s going to be incredibly tough to beat.
Tom Aspinall has future champion written all over him. Like Pavlovich, he has six wins in the octagon all by finish. His only blemish was losing a fight due to injury. This is going to be a sensational matchup and it’s honestly the best the promotion could do on short notice.