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Fact Check: Chael Sonnen Claims Tom Aspinall Will Lose Interim Champ Status As Soon as Jon Jones Makes a Return Against Miocic

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In the absence of Jon Jones, Tom Aspinall as the UFC heavyweight interim champion will be defending his title against Curtis Blayde. But even when Jones return he won’t be fighting Aspinall but will go for Stipe Miocic instead. How will it impact Tom Aspinall’s interim champion status? That’s a question in everyone’s mind. And Chael Sonnen has an answer.

Chael Sonnen on Tom Aspinall and Jon Jones

In a recent podcast with former UFC champ Demetrious Johnson, Chael said, “The interim champion can only exist when there is the absence of an undisputed champion. Therefore, the moment the bell rings for Jon Jones’ next fight, there is no longer an interim champion…

Tom Aspinall sitting in the front row with his shiny belt is stripped instantly.”

However, not everyone agrees with him. But is it true?

Fact Check

As per a post by X user, the claim is not true. And UFC has done it in the past with GSP and Whittaker. Where GSP fought Bisping instead of the interim champ Whittaker.

Whittaker never got that unification fight as GSP retired before matching up with him.
Jones, who is also nearing his career in MMA might follow suit and retire after the Miocic fight and leave Tom hanging. (Hypothetically)

Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic at UFC 304?

In a now deleted post, Jones claimed that he will return in 2024 Nov to take on Miocic. However, he deleted it shortly.

In the past, Aspinall has called out Jones multiple times but Jones has not accepted his challenge. Jones is adamant on fighting Miocic and have even floated the idea of a fight against Alex Pereira.
Who Jones will fight on his return is still not official but it will certainly be Miocic. And Aspinall will need to beat Curtis before he can stake a claim at the heavyweight belt.

Read More: Joe Rogan Opens Up on That One UFC Rule Which Needs To Be Changed- “I Don’t Think The Rules are Right”

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