A T-Mobile Arena worker might be in bother, after posting a banner and accidentally leaking a Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane announcement. The graphic outdoors the Las Vegas enviornment learn that the bout can be for the “world heavyweight championship” and can occur at UFC 285 on March 4.
Soon after the photograph made the rounds on social media, MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco reported that the announcement was untimely and the banner has been taken down.
I’ve been instructed the Gane vs. Jones T-Mobile graphic has been taken down, was a behind-the-scenes mistake. Fight not executed deal.
— Steven Marrocco (@MMAFightingSM) January 14, 2023
Although the leak was untimely, the bout seems to essentially be within the works, with Jones himself confirming Gane is next and Ariel Helwani reporting that the bout may very well be introduced very quickly.
“This is a very real thing,” Helwani reported. “Not quite 100%, but could be announced as early as tonight, I’m told.”
With Francis Ngannou nonetheless not agreeing to phrases and re-signing with the UFC, the promotion reportedly has plans to strip him of his heavyweight title as soon as all the things is made official.
“If they make this fight on March 4th, it will be for the vacant title. On the table right now is to strip Francis Ngannou of the belt, and make that fight for the vacant title,” Helwani famous. “Again, not 100% just yet, but moving in the right direction.”
Jones, now 35, hasn’t fought in three years, and has had contract (and authorized) problems with his personal since then. The former gentle heavyweight champion has been teasing a heavyweight transfer for over a decade now, however will this actually be the time it really occurs?
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