Jon Jones to reportedly grapple with Jake Hager

It appears Jon Jones has his very first battle in 21 months lined up.

The previous UFC light heavyweight champ revealed by means of Twitter on Saturday that he will deal with AEW wrestler and Bellator heavyweight Jake Hager, a.k.a. Jack Swagger, in a Fury Expert Grappling match on Dec. 9 in New Jersey.

That statement was challenged, nevertheless, by Hager himself, who advised Jones for utilizing his old promo and label and declaring no terms had actually even been talked about in between the 2 sides.

While that makes it seem like Jones beat the gun in revealing the battle, a Fury authorities supposedly informed mixed martial arts Battling that the battle has actually undoubtedly been scheduled, it simply hasn’t been made authorities.

If the battle is undoubtedly occurring, it will be the very first time Jones has actually strolled into any type of main ring considering that Feb. 8, 2020, when he beat Dominick Reyes for his last UFC light heavyweight defense. The concept was Jones would go up to heavyweight and deal with the UFC champ, very first Stipe Miocic then Francis Ngannou, however a monetary standoff took place rather.

Jones has actually considering that been apprehended for battery domestic violence for an event in September.

Ngannou is now slated to deal with interim champ Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on Jan. 22, while Jones is obviously pursuing chances beyond the mixed martial arts promo for which he’s contested the last 13 years. Previously a junior college champ wrestler, Jones will deal with a fellow college wrestler in Hager, who utilized to star with the WWE prior to relocating to AEW. In 4 battles with Bellator, Hager is 3-0-1.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.