Francis Ngannou Believes Fighting Jon Jones Will Be a Big Bonus to His Resume

Published 03/23/2021, 2:34 AM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Ever since Jon Jones announced his decision to move up to the heavyweight division, he has been involved in a social media back and forth with Francis Ngannou. The duo is set to clash at some point in their career as they are currently in the same division.

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However, Jones is yet to make his divisional debut, but that hasn’t stopped both men from trading jabs. Despite this, ‘The Predator’ has made it clear that he has immense respect for what ‘Bones’ has done in the UFC. Hence, the Cameroonian believes it will be a great addition to his resume to fight Jones at some point.

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In a chat with BT Sport recently, ahead of his return at UFC 260, Ngannou said, “Obviously, that will be a great fight. That’s a fight that I think will be good for my resume and a good challenge for me. Because as for me, Jon Jones stand as a number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. And regarding this based on his record, and what he has done for the sport, so I think he’ll be a challenge and a big fight for me.”

Jones is expected to make his much-anticipated heavyweight debut later this year. The former light-heavyweight champion will fight for the heavyweight championship in his first contest in his new division.

Ngannou fights Stipe Miocic this weekend at UFC 260. So, a win for ‘The Predator’ will set up his desired clash against Jones. However, beating Miocic is easier said than done, and Ngannou knows that first-hand from their previous contest at UFC 220.

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It remains to be seen if ‘The Predator‘ can put his power punching ability on display against Miocic in their rematch. The champion did an excellent job of avoiding Ngannou’s bombs in 2018 and eventually dominated him for a large part of the 25 minutes.

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One can argue that the champion has only gotten better since their first fight, as he had to sharpen himself more than ever for his trilogy against Daniel Cormier.

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

The consensus belief is that Ngannou has improved too. But ‘The Predator’ has spent a combined Octagon time of 2 minutes and 42 seconds in his last 4 fights. So, who has the edge in the rematch (and who will be the one to welcome ‘Bones’ to heavyweight) can only be decided once the fight starts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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