One of the most exciting stories from the last week concerns Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. The pair went back-and-forth on Twitter, with ‘Bones’ even saying that he would 100% take that fight. Of course, some fans would love to see him get smashed by the heavy-hitting Cameroonian.
Meanwhile, others believe that he’d dissect Ngannou because he’s just too skilled. What is sure, is that this potential fight has captured the imaginations of fans. However, UFC President Dana White warned that it’s much easier to talk about fights than it is to make one.
However, this might have less to do with the fighters than White’s desire to protect Jones from the potential threat of Ngannou. He possesses the heaviest hands in the sport today. Who do you think would win between Jones and Ngannou?
It’s very easy for these potential match-ups to gain traction. We’ve seen it happen time and time again with Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather as well as the BMF title two of the most high-profile examples. However, White warns that it’s possible neither man actually wants the fight. But what else is there for Jones? Jan Blachowicz or Glover Teixeira at light-heavyweight? A rematch with Dominick Reyes? He needs a fresh challenge. White said:
“Anything’s possible. I don’t know if those guys really want that fight. You know what I mean? Let me tell you this. And I’m not saying this is the case with these two. You see a lot of talk online and whatever it might be. But actually making fights is a whole other ball game.”
Jones says that he is more technical than Ngannou so that’s why he would beat him. Ironically, that’s the same argument that Israel Adesanya uses too in reference to Jones. In truth, size matters. Jones is a big man but can he handle the heat of a bonafide heavyweight like Ngannou. To sum up, we won’t know until we see it.
“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.”
Whatever about Jones, you can bet that Ngannou is definitely up for this fight. The giant Cameroonian will fancy his chances against a lighter man. However, does Jones really want that heat? Dominick Reyes landed heavy strikes on ‘Bones’ but Ngannou has next-level power. The Predator tweeted:
“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 sould be for bags (moneybag emoji)”
This is definitely the most exciting possible match-up for Jones right now. You could argue that in terms of risk it’s even bigger than a title fight against Stipe Miocic. Jones would probably be a favorite against Stipe because he never gets full respect. However, Ngannou puts people on the fence.