Jon Jones Believes Fight With Francis Ngannou is Still Possible
For several years, UFC fans have been asking to see a fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. However, the UFC released Ngannou before that fight could become a reality. Instead, in his return bout, Jones will be fighting Ciryl Gane at UFC 285. Still, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Jones is optimistic that he will fight Ngannou in the future.
“I do believe my path will cross with Francis,” Jones said. “(UFC president) Dana White always gives the fans what they want to see, and a Jon Jones-Francis Ngannou fight will always be a fight of interest. So, I’m not counting it out. I’ll keep an eye on Francis.” Quote via The Score.
Let’s be honest, everyone wants to see Jones vs. Ngannou. As long as each fighter is able to avoid a string of losses this fight will sell. Furthermore, if Jones is able to capture the heavyweight title, a fight against a former champion that was never dethroned would be wildly appealing.
It is also important to note that Ngannou can return to the UFC. After all, he is a free agent. If pastures are not greener elsewhere he could explore a return or maybe the UFC will make him an offer that he can not refuse. While that is unlikely, it is certainly possible.
Despite wanting to fight Ngannou, Jones respects his decision to leave the UFC.
“I’m happy for Francis,” Jones said. “I’m glad that Francis knows his worth. No man has a right to shame another man for fighting for his worth.” Quote via The Score.
If anyone can empathize with Ngannou, it’s Jones. The former light heavyweight champion has had his fair share of contract trouble with the UFC.
“I was in a very similar situation as Francis as a light heavyweight,” Jones said. “I was never happy with my salary. I had to sit out three years, and I missed a lot of time, but now we’re here. I encourage Francis on his journey, and I wish him all the best. Another company is going to be truly blessed to have him.” Quote via The Score.
Only time will tell if Jones and Ngannou will face off in the UFC octagon. Based on the fact that each fighter had a rocky relationship with the UFC, I would not be my money on it.