UFC news: Jon Jones next fight, Ben Askren comeback revealed, Anderson Silva becomes US citizen

24 Jul

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

Anderson the all-American

UFC legend Anderson Silva has officially become a US citizen after a ceremony on Tuesday.

Brazilian-born Silva took his oath of citizenship along with his son Kalyl, 20, and daughter Kaory, 23, report MMA fighting.

“Everything USA [gave] for us, it’s time to give back, you know,” said Silva, who has lived in Los Angeles for the past decade.

The longest reigning middleweight champion in history, Silva had 16 consecutive victories from 2006 to 2013, before losing twice to Chris Weidman, with their second fight resulting in a broken leg.

Anderson Silva is a legend in the UFC debuting in 2006
Anderson Silva is a legend in the UFC debuting in 2006

Jones hints at comeback

Jon Jones has revealed he plans on fighting again in November.

The UFC light heavyweight champion has hinted he could be ready to return when UFC returns for its annual November slot in Madison Square Garden.

“Madison Square Garden in November?” Jones wrote in a Tweet.

Jones has been pretty busy in the past year, beating Alexander Gustafsson in December, then thwarting Anthony Smith in March, before picking up a split decision win over Thiago Santos.

Plans for Askren

Following his record-breaking five second loss to Jorge Masvidal, it was unclear what was next for Ben Askren.
‘Funky’ was knocked out cold by a flying knee from ‘Gamebred’ at UFC 239, his first loss in his second fight with the company.
Ariel Helwani announced on Twitter that the UFC is looking to book Askren against Demian Maia once Askren is medically cleared, in September, again to compete.
It took Masvidal just five seconds to knock out Askren at UFC 239
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Maia is coming off the back of a  unanimous decision victory over Anthony Rocco Martin, his second win of 2019.
Fans had been hoping to see Askren take on former world title challenger Darren Till, but that can still happen at some point in the near future.