“Francis Ngannou is Afraid of Jon Jones”- Georges St-Pierre Offers Fascinating Insight into a Potential Superfight

Published 04/12/2021, 12:18 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


There is a narrative surrounding the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones that reflects poorly on the Albuquerque native. Fans feel that Jones is scared to fight the new Heavyweight Champion in Francis Ngannou.

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The narrative would make sense; for who would want to take on the indomitable Ngannou. However, when you consider that Jones has been fighting and beating everybody for most of his career, it doesn’t seem very plausible.

Georges St-Pierre recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and offered his two cents on the issue. “Yes, Jon Jones is afraid of Francis, and Francis is afraid of Jon Jones because if they would not be afraid, that’s mean they don’t care,” he said.

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The Canadian explained that he was afraid in a lot of his fights too, and that when an athlete craves success as much as those guys, fear is normal.

Fighting, I’m sure, is important for them. Success is important for them, and when you put it all on the line, it’s normal to be afraid,” he added.

However, St-Pierre also added that the fear isn’t related to the fight. The UFC capitalized on this narrative and made him take up fights for years. They are doing a similar thing with Jon Jones.

Georges St-Pierre believes that money a big factor for Jon Jones

GSP also explained that he knew Jones and that he’ll fight Ngannou for the right price. “If the price is good, even though he’s afraid, regardless of how he feel, he will do the job. He will bite in his mouthpiece and do the job,” he concluded.

If the greatest fighter in the history of the sport can admit that he was afraid, why can’t Bones? Jon has kept his fans in the loop via Social Media with respect to his seemingly perennial negotiations with UFC.

However, the most important thing is, he is trying to get the fight for the right price. He isn’t shying away from the opportunity.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It was an interesting and enlightening take on the issue as from the perspective of the fans, fighters often seem unafraid and valiant.

However, in the midst of all the glamor and glory that comes with the sport, fans forget that this sport is home to real people with real emotions. While it might not be the fans’ responsibility to keep that in consideration, the MMA world will be better for it if they do.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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