‘Why Should I Be Worried?’- Francis Ngannou Dismisses Jon Jones Threat

Published 01/10/2021, 11:00 AM EST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou seems pretty sure that his fight against Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Title is secure, even though Jon Jones has joined the division. He relayed that sentiment to MMAFighting.com and also spoke about a possible matchup against Jones. Ngannou considers Jones to be the best fighter in the world right now.

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“It’s obviously something that everyone would love to see. If I were to say myself, I would have liked to see that fight. I wanted it to happen. If this fight would have happened, I would have been active by now. If I have two positive things, which is fighting Jon Jones, who is probably the greatest of all time, the No. 1 pound-for-pound in the world in my opinion, but the main thing I would stay active.”

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On the matchup, Ngannou said. “I think I match up pretty well with Jon Jones. He’s gaining weight now. He seems really big and strong, but I think I match up pretty good. He has some good skills that he can match my power. It’s going to be different.”

When asked about losing his title fight to the debuting Jones, Ngannou said he isn’t worried. “Why should I be worried? No, I’m not worried.”

Francis Ngannou: Ready for the Jones or Miocic challenge?

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While he is talking about Jones, everyone knows Francis Ngannou will challenge for the title next. Even he knows that. This is why he is so secure in knowing his turn is next.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fight is being rumored for March or April and would be a massive affair. Miocic won the first fight, but Ngannou has gone on a tear over the HW division, knocking out all top contenders within two minutes.

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Jones will presumably get the winner of Miocic-Ngannou for his debut, which is fair considering Jones is possibly the greatest fighter in the history of MMA. The heavyweight division is exciting again, even if it is just three guys at the apex right now.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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