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Jon Jones reiterates intent to fight Stipe Miocic: 'I'm starting to realize the hype is real'

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Jon Jones once again expressed his desire to face current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic sometime in the near future.

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Former long-time light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had always foreseen a stint at heavyweight in his future. In January, he was already considering to face current champion Stipe Miocic in a possible fight at UFC 196.

However, the catch was that the fight should only be for the heavyweight strap.

On Saturday night at UFC 203, Miocic was able to successfully defend his title against Alistair Overeem by emerging victorious via first round knockout, in front of his home crowd in Cleveland. The said fight was apparently caught by Jones, who was utterly impressed by how the young champion handled himself against his teammate in Overeem.

So much so that "Bones" says he is willing to take on such a "challenge of a lifetime."

Jones’ immediate fighting future, however, is in limbo, after a failed drug test at UFC 200 forced him out of his rematch against Daniel Cormier. No date for his UFC return has been determined, as he is still under a temporary suspension slapped by the Nevada Athletic Commission.