Many Believe That the Future of Jon Jones is at Heavyweight… We Know He Can Beat Daniel Cormier, But How About a Genuine Powerhouse Striker Like Francis Ngannou? Michael Bisping Thinks ‘The Predator’ Would Have an Advantage…
Jon Jones is arguably the best fighter on the planet right now. If Thiago Santos beats him on Saturday night in New York, then it will be one of the biggest shocks of all time. Nobody is really giving the Brazilian a chance, and there’s a good reason for that. Jones is just too slick, too long, and too skilled. That’s not saying Santos won’t beat him, just that it’s highly unlikely.
After this fight, there aren’t going to be many options for the champion in the 205lb division. Sure, Corey Anderson is a possibility and if Luke Rockhold wins then that could happen. Then there are a few rising contenders like Johnny Walker and Dominick Reyes. But right now there’s nobody who immediately jumps out.
A move to heavyweight looks like it could finally be next for Jones. While a trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier is the most likely option, Michael Bisping has raised the possibility of a clash with Francis Ngannou. He believes that ‘The Predator’ would have the beating of Jones.
Francis Ngannou is possibly the most terrifying fighter alive right now. Is Jones technically better? Yes, he’s a million times more skilled than Ngannou. Is Ngannou capable of knocking every picogram out of Jones’s body with one punch? Yes, for sure. That’s what Bisping believes. He said on a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast:
“I can’t help but think that Francis Ngannou pretty much knocks out everybody right now. Of course, I think ‘DC’ would be the worst matchup. ‘DC’ would be the worst matchup because of the wrestling. And of course Stipe (Miocic) beat him as well, so we can’t do a disservice to Stipe. But I’ve got a feeling Ngannou would beat Jones. I just do. I know Jones is a good wrestler, he’s got a real nice, fast double leg entry. But I don’t know, I reckon Jones vs. Ngannou, Ngannou takes it.
How do the two men stack up? Well, they’re both the same height at 6ft 3in. Jones actually has a slender reach advantage over Ngannou, which is something he uses better than any other fighter. The most interesting part though is that Ngannou walks around at least 30lbs heavier than Jones. Could his power just overwhelm the light-heavyweight champion? That’s what Bisping believes:
“I’m telling you, Ngannou connects with Jon Jones flush, Jones is going to sleep. That’s a fact. I’m sorry, I’m not being a hater on Jones for saying that. I’m being pro-Ngannou.”
Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Andrei Arlovski and Curtis Blaydes have all felt his force. Sure, Stipe Miocic outmanoeuvred him in their title fight, but could that make Ngannou more dangerous from the experience?
This is definitely a fantasy fight that we would love to see in the future if both of these men keep winning. Sure, Jones is as slick as they come. Those nasty leg kicks and his incredible reach allow him to dominate with ease. Could he actually do that to a much physically stronger man though? Would Ngannou be able to just take it and smash through Jones?
That’s the tasty question we all want to be answered. Ngannou v Jones for the heavyweight title in 2020? It’s not impossible…