Conor McGregor shocked the world on Tuesday night when he tweeted out that he was retiring young.
The Irish fighter has sent shockwaves throughout the entire UFC with that retirement tweet. McGregor was supposed to be in action in the main event of UFC 200, facing Nate Diaz in a rematch that could well have broken every single box office record in the history of the promotion.
After McGregor was pulled from the main event by Dana White, a new fight is needed. And Jon Jones wants to step up to the plate.
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Jones, who is preparing to fight Ovince Saint Preux - who is filling in for an injured Daniel Cormier - in the main event of Saturday's UFC 197 card, said he'd be happy to replace McGregor on July 9 in Las Vegas.
"Absolutely. I'd totally step in to UFC 200 and fill in that main-event slot," Jones said to Damon Martin of FOX Sports on Wednesday.
McGregor was removed from the card after refusing to travel to Las Vegas for a press conference that is scheduled for Friday with the stars from UFC 200 in attendance.
The Notorious claimed that the press conferences and media duties would interfere with his training camp in Iceland too much, and refused to travel.
White then yanked Conor off the main event and McGregor then fired back by saying he had retired early.
Jones, however, has been starring in the UFC for years and could well become the only man to fight in UFC 100 and UFC 200 if he is given the main event of the spectacle.
Would 'Bones' even care about such a feat? You bet he would!
"Is there anybody else on both? I would love to be the first guy to fight at UFC 100 and 200," he said.
First things first, Jones has to dispatch Saint Preux with ease, not getting too hurt in the process. Then, Cormier needs to get healthy. If all those things happen, Dana White and co would have a hard time turning down Jones' request.
We'll have to wait and see what Conor McGregor decides to do; whether that be retire or return. Whatever happens, we could be in for a cracker of UFC 200 main event.
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