Yoel Romero Makes His Pick for a Super fight Between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou

Published 06/04/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Yoel Romero of Cuba prepares to fight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou is a fight that most fans in the UFC will probably have as their number one dream matchup at this point in time. A fight between the scariest knockout artist and the greatest ever to step in a UFC octagon is a recipe for a mega-fight. However, getting deals of this magnitude is easier said than done. 

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‘The Soldier of God’ Yoel Romero is one fighter who knows ‘Bones’ well. The two men trained together briefly at Jackson Wink MMA and remain friends even though Romero does not train there anymore. In a recent interview, Romero spoke about his friend’s move up to heavyweight and revealed how he thought it would play out.

He said, “I talk to Johnny like three weeks ago. He is very very happy with he can move up. His explosion, he no lose nothing about the talent that he have. We can see what happen in this division now. Because Francis is amazing and incredible fighter, but he need to fight Johnny.” 

The Soldier of God’ gave his prediction for the fight. “Oh, my prediction? Johnny. 100% Johnny. Maybe the love close my eyes, you know? Because I love Johnny. But when you see the athlete, Johnny is more intelligent. Johnny knows the way to victory. That’s Johnny, he is a very smart guy.” 

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The talks between Jon Jones and the UFC hit a standstill because of disagreement in pay. There were a lot of numbers thrown around as to what Jones was demanding and what the UFC was prepared to pay. However, it appears the numbers were too far apart for a fight to materialize. 

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Bones’ recently announced that he had acquired the services of the man behind the success of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer. He has been in the business for a very long time and has decades of experience in brokering the toughest deals. Furthermore, as he is someone that White respects immensely, he could be the trump card in future discussions with Jones and the UFC. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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