Glover Teixeira Expects Jon Jones to Beat Francis Ngannou on One Condition

Published 12/25/2021, 10:00 AM EST
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – APRIL 2: UFC lightweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones interacts with media during an open training session for fans and media at the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on April 2, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Aaron Sweet/Getty Images)


Jon Jones is arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He has repeatedly proven that his abilities are second to none, and the majority of the MMA community considers him the greatest light heavyweight of all time.

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‘Bones’ relinquished his light heavyweight title last year after defending it against Dominick Reyes. Jones decided to move up a division, and try to win the UFC heavyweight title. He has been working and training for the same. He is currently training at Fight Ready MMA with Henry Cejudo and is looking to make a comeback in 2022.

According to his former opponent, Glover Teixeira, Jones can be successful in the heavyweight division. He was recently asked if Jones could beat Francis Ngannou. He said he could but on one condition.

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Teixeira said, “I think it’s tough. I think Jones would beat him because Jon Jones aspires to fight, but it’s tough to say right now. One, it is a heavyweight fight, and another one is Jon having been out for a year and a half. By the time he fights, it’s gonna be two years maybe. So, it’s a little time off there and I think it’d be a difficult fight for Jon Jones as well.”

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“But, you know, Jon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight of all time and he is good man. If the same Jon Jones come up with their ability to move fast and keep the cardio for five rounds, I definitely go with Jon Jones.”

Jon Jones targeting to be a champion in 2022

Ever since Jones announced that he’ll be jumping up a division, there has been a lot of anticipation regarding it. He gave up his light heavyweight title in August 2020. He has been working towards getting ready to make the switch. However, his time off has been filled with controversies. From the cases in Las Vegas to getting suspended, then permanently leaving his former gym, Jones has been in the news for various things.

Now, though, the former UFC light heavyweight champion is currently working with Fight Ready MMA. He looks much bigger and regularly posts videos and photos to keep his fans updated about his return. In a recent Instagram post, Jones said that his plan is to be a champion in 2022.

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He wrote, “I said I’ll be the champion in 2022, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I feel like I’m jumping up three weight classes, going from competing at 205 pounds to 265 pounds is no easy task. Nothing great happened overnight, I’m patient and I’m working my ass off every day towards my goals.”

 

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The MMA community expects him to do well in his venture into the heavyweight division. What do you think? Do you agree with what Glover Teixeira said? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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