‘Let’s Play Baby!’- Jon Jones Calls Out Francis Ngannou After UFC 260

Published 03/28/2021, 12:41 AM EDT


Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, took to social media and called out Francis Ngannou after his statement win. ‘The Predator’ demolished Stipe Miocic in round two with a KO blow from hell that concussed the champion. Ngannou walked away as the 17 heavyweight champion in UFC history and solidified his status as a bonafide star in the promotion.

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Jon Jones seemed to relish the challenge of facing the new and improved Ngannou who surfaced at UFC 260. The Cameroonian-born fighter showed major improvements to his game and is an all-round threat. However, Jones was seemingly unbothered by Ngannou’s growth and is just looking forward to making his heavyweight debut against the champion.

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Jones relinquished his title last year with the aim to finally make the move up to the heavyweight division. Given his run at 205 lbs, it was a foregone conclusion that he would fight for gold immediately. Hence, Jon Jones certainly kept his eye out for the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou right from the jump.

Francis Ngannou’s hype is at an all-time high after he finally actualized his goal of being a UFC champion. His backstory, imposing physique, and terrifying KO power make him one of the most marketable champions on the roster. Hence, there’s sure to be plenty of fan anticipation once the Ngannou vs Jones match-up is announced.

Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou: UFC 260-Fight breakdown

The fight itself delivered in more ways than one as UFC fans across the world sat with pulsing heartbeats. Ngannou’s reputation for violence preceded him, but he approached the fight differently. ‘The Predator’ stalked his prey and was conservative with his energy. Chiefly, this was a huge step-up from the looks he gave back at UFC 220 in the first fight.

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Stipe Miocic knew he was in for a long night once Francis Ngannou stuffed his early takedown. Not to mention, Miocic was punished on the exit and his dome was certainly rattled. The failed takedown was the beginning of the end, as Ngannou’s confidence went through the roof with each passing second.

The finishing sequence was as violent as fans have come to expect, and this will remain an all-time highlight for Francis Ngannou, at least until he “plays” with Jon Jones.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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