Spinning Back Clique: New UFC light heavyweight contender emerges, Jon Jones taking too long?, and more

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Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts.

Our panel of Mike Bohn, Nolan King and Brian “Goze” Garcia discuss five topics with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.

  • Looking back at UFC on ESPN 40 this past weekend, Jamahal Hill defeated Thiago Santos in what was a fast-paced, action-packed, back-and-forth thriller to assert himself as a new title contender at light heavyweight. Or is that too strong of a position for the DWCS alum considering we’ve also got Glover Teixeira, Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev in the mix?

  • Also, this past weekend, Anthony Pettis was bounced from the 2022 PFL lightweight playoffs after losing for the second consecutive time to Stevie Ray, this time a unanimous decision. The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion’s bid to win a third major title will have to wait. Furthermore, his contract expires after this season. At $750,000 a fight (disclosed), did the PFL get the return it wanted and should he be brought back?

  • Turning the page and looking forward, what are the stakes this weekend between Dominick Cruz and Marlon Vera in the UFC on ESPN 41 headliner? We have a former champ vs. someone on a quest to be a champ.

  • Looking forward even further, we got a HUGE announcement last week that UFC 281 in New York will be headlined by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defending his title against Alex Pereira on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden. These two have met before in kickboxing, with Pereira up 2-0. What do we think? MSG, Stylebender, November … sound about right? What are the early predictions?

  • Last but not least, looking ahead even further, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones seemed a little perturbed and motivated by the notion from fans that he’s taking too long to return to the octagon for his heavyweight debut. Unless he headlines the UFC’s December pay-per-view, we will have gone two full calendar years without a Jones fight and not since March 2020 has he been in action. Could this long, drawn-out layoff hurting Jones?

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