Jon Jones to meet Jake Hager in Fury Pro Grappling match
Jon Jones will be back in action against a heavyweight sooner than expected – but not in the UFC.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he would compete for Fury Pro Grappling against Bellator fighter and AEW star Jake Hager. The grappling match is scheduled for Dec. 9 in New Jersey, according to Jones.
Someone with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to MMA Junkie that the Jones-Hager game is in the works.
“Latest News !! I am delighted to announce that I will be competing for the world’s number one grappling organization, Fury Grappling! Jones wrote. “On December 9th, I will be in New Jersey competing against WWE Superstar and undefeated Bellator heavyweight Jack swagger.”
Fury Pro Grappling, which is run by the MMA Cage Fury Fighting Championships promotion, launched in July and airs its events on UFC Fight Pass.
Jones, 34, has been out of action since February 8, 2020, when he won a close decision over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 to retain the 205-pound championship. A few months later, Jones relinquished the title and has since been preparing to fight at the heavyweight.
Jones was recently banned from training at his longtime home gym, Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, NM Coach Mike Winkeljohn made the decision three weeks after Jones was arrested for alleged domestic violence against his wife on September 24. The incident, in which Jones is accused of leaving his bloody wife with their children in attendance, took place at a Las Vegas hotel the morning after his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame Fighting Wing .
Hager, 39, was an American varsity wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. He’s undefeated as a 3-0 MMA fighter with a no contest, all with Bellator. He recently won a split decision over Brandon Calton in October 2020 at the Bellator 250.
Hager, a longtime pro wrestling star and former WWE Champion, is currently an active member of the AEW List.