The CEO of UFC, Dana White, said Jon Jones sustained a major injury that will leave him sidelined for eight months. This led to calls for his UFC heavyweight title to be stripped, but Anthony Smith, a former light heavyweight title challenger, defended Jones, saying he deserves to heal up without being stripped of his title. Fans reacted positively to Smith’s comments on social media. Even though Jones remained quiet amidst the calls for his title to be stripped, he eventually responded on Twitter, insisting that he has faced the toughest competition for 15 years and should not be stripped of his title. Dana White also confirmed that Jones will not be stripped of his title and will face Stipe Miocic in his return from injury.