‘He’s Got Too Many Tools’- Anthony Johnson Picks Jon Jones to Defeat Francis Ngannou

Published 04/03/2021, 2:10 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Anthony Johnson celebrates his first-round knockout win over Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight bout at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Bellator MMA light heavyweight fighter Anthony Johnson spoke to Helen Yee and shared his candid views on a UFC match-up. Chiefly, ‘Rumble’ jumped right into a prediction for a fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou, which is currently trending. The MMA community is entrenched in a debate about who would win if the fight were booked.

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However, there’s a definite hurdle to overcome first in the form of getting both athletes to sign a bout agreement. Jon Jones has been tussling with the UFC on social media over pay disputes that are seemingly going poorly. However, most fans are confident that both parties will come to an agreement for a fight of this magnitude.

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Anthony Johnson looks ahead at Ngannou vs Jones

Rumble’ didn’t hold back on providing his prediction for Ngannou vs Jones, which could be the biggest UFC fight ever. According to Johnson, Jones simply possessed too many weapons that made him a threat everywhere. Looking at Jones’ body of work, it’s hard to argue that he’s likely the most tactical fighter in MMA.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Anthony Johnson celebrates after defeating Glover Teixeira of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Jon, he’s got too many tools…I think Jon has too many weapons. His team is great, his IQ is up there. Everybody is so hung up on knockouts by Francis, I get that but there’s still more to it than just the knockout. You can be a knockout artist and just get beat up like DC isn’t a knockout artist, but he beat me up.”

Is KO power not enough?

‘Rumble’ Johnson expanded on his viewpoint that simply being a KO artist wasn’t enough at the highest level. The former UFC title challenger is perhaps the best person to testify to that. ‘Bones’ Jones has seen it all and per Anthony Johnson, this is what will get him the win.

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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)

“You don’t have to knock everyone out to be great, and Jon I think has all the tools to beat Francis. I won’t say he’ll finish him, but if Francis gets that one, it can be a short night for Jon. Some people say that his jaw hasn’t been tested, like Jon has fought the who’s who of MMA. People aren’t realizing that. He’s just making it look easy because of his skill.”

Fight fans across the world will wait in sheer anticipation for the news that the aforementioned scrap has been booked. Looking at the way things are going, the UFC may turn to other big names such as Derrick Lewis or Stipe Miocic. It all boils down to if the UFC and ‘Bones’ can meet somewhere in the middle.

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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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