Jon Jones sends Francis Ngannou cocky response – heavyweight debut next?
Reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is on the verge of making his UFC heavyweight debut against Francis Ngannou. The two went at it on social media and both accepted the challenge.
Controversial light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones has been one of the UFC’s most dominant champions. Despite winning some razor sharp decisions, “Bones” has still kept his title and faced the best the division has to offer.
It has long been discussed when Jones is going to move up to heavyweight and he has himself called out names like Brock Lesnar. Now, it seems like “Bones” has set his sight on a worthy opponent, none other than top heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou.
In a series of messages on Twitter, Jones and Francis go back and forth, ultimately resulting in “Bones” giving Francis a cocky response to the challenge:
“…all that power means nothing when your hay makers are too slow,” Jones wrote. “I’m not most my friend.”
Jones also answered a fan, saying that he only has to be himself to defeat “The Predator” Ngannou. Finally, he concluded he has nothing to prove at light heavyweight and that he wants the UFC to send him a fight contract to take on the cameroonian powerhouse:
“Who would you guys consider the quicker and more technical striker Thiago Santos or Francis? If you guys think I wouldn’t take this fight you’re insane. I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I’d love that big money fight right around now. Send the deal.”
UFC: Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou
Ngannou most recently competed at UFC 249, finishing off Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds. He is now next in line for a title shot but will have to wait for Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to finish off their trilogy.
Now, Ngannou seems more interested in facing Jones than waiting for a shot at heavyweight gold:
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“If you think you can handle my technique level that’s fine. But I agree with you that you don’t have anything to prove in LHW division and that this should be for bags”