A possible tremendous struggle concerning Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou may well not be absolutely off the table after all for a potential matchup.
Jones attained the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285, defeating Ciryl Gane by to start with-spherical submission. His heavyweight debut could not have gone significantly improved as he did not clearly show any ring rust soon after a a few-12 months layoff.
Major up to the booking with Gane, Jones was linked to a combat with Ngannou for the belt when Ngannou was the champion. But, Ngannou parted techniques with the UFC before this 12 months, axing the probability of a fight with Jones occurring at any time quickly.
UFC President Dana White a short while ago shut down the strategy of Ngannou returning to the promotion just after his current free agency. On the opposite, Jones’ reps are a bit a lot more optimistic they can make the Ngannou combat transpire.
Jon Jones’ Agent Retains The Doorway Open up To Upcoming Francis Ngannou Clash
Throughout a current interview with MMA Preventing, Jones’ agent, Richard Schaefer, stated his optimism in reserving Jones/Ngannou.
“I do hope that by some means, even while [UFC President] Dana [White] was pretty clear that [Ngannou is] by no means gonna appear again, as they say, under no circumstances is a extensive time,” Schaefer reported of the Jones/Ngannou matchup. “If it helps make sense for UFC from a monetary place of perspective, I consider they’ll be open to do that fight…
“This is now something which I can support, mainly because I do have a wonderful partnership with people with Francis. If I could support to smooth the way and try out to get that fight finished and be sort of like, an middleman, to get two sides on the similar web site, I’ll be delighted to do that, because I do believe it’s why folks would want to see. I instructed [UFC CBO] Hunter [Campbell] and Dana that prior to, a year back, I claimed I do think that that combat would crack shell out-for each-look at records.”
Ngannou last fought in a acquire around Gane at UFC 270 last yr. He’s targeted on a transfer to boxing, with his debut possibly coming as before long as this summer time.
Just after winning the heavyweight belt, Jones will probably encounter Stipe Miocic future. Miocic lately claimed the UFC has instructed him that he’ll experience Jones for the duration of the UFC’s Intercontinental Fight Week at UFC 290.
Jones and Ngannou, the moment cordial, have turned hostile towards every single other in modern months. Just after his get more than Gane, Jones did not respond to Ngannou’s congratulatory tweet in type.
A Jones vs. Ngannou fight is a desire matchup in several battle fans’ eyes, and Schaefer and the relaxation of Jones’ group look intent on accomplishing everything they can to potentially make it occur.
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