Jon Jones loses backstage push-up competition with legless MMA fighter Zion Clark after beating Ciryl Gane to become UFC heavyweight champion
Jon Jones has already suffered the first defeat of his heavyweight title reign.
“Bones” returned from three years on the sidelines to impressively submit Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The new world heavyweight champion called out Stipe Miocic during his post-fight speech before heading backstage and finding himself in a press-up competition with Zion Clark.
Clark is an MMA fighter who was born without legs due to Caudal Regression Syndrome, a disorder that impairs the development of the lower half of the body.
Despite his disability, the 25-year-old excelled in wrestling during his formative years and set several Guinness World Records before deciding to become an MMA fighter in 2022.
In December, Clark used his elite-level wrestling ability to defeat his able-bodied opponent, Eugene Murray, over three rounds at Gladiator Challenge in San Diego.
The UFC prospect celebrated his win with a backflip before receiving praise from MMA legend Conor McGregor for his incredible story and winning debut.
He tweeted: “Absolutely fascinating to hear about this man’s debut and to see him now. Single low entry lighting. Wow!
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“You shouldn’t connect with him in any form. Frames only. Frame to hit. Fascinating! Congratulations and so much respect to this man Zion Clark! MMA is the best sport!”
Months after receiving praise from the UFC’s biggest star, Clark picked up a win over Jones who tried to do push-ups with him after his UFC title win.
The UFC Hall of Famer did 40 pushups before admitting he was no match for Clark who transparently took off his sunglasses during the competition that drew an audience.
Clark hopes to one day join Jones in the UFC, he made that clear when it was revealed that social media icon Hasbulla has signed a deal with MMA’s top league.
He tweeted: “No way Hasbulla got a UFC contract, I literally fight guys twice my size and still win.
“If that’s true, I throw a little man when I see him as a soccer ball. I swear then give me the DANA contract UNLESS YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE DISABLED TO LEVEL UP LIKE ME!!”
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