‘I Just Have to Move on’ – Francis Ngannou on Jon Jones Fight Not Happening

Published 04/01/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Francis Ngannou has been doing his rounds in the media since his dominant display against Stipe Miocic, which earned him the belt. Rumors floating around now suggest a fight with one of Jon Jones or Derrick Lewis. However, a fight against Jon Jones would mean a huge payday for both of the fighters, as Jones has asked for much more than 10 million dollars for the fight.

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Keeping that in mind, there is a possibility that the fight won’t happen, and Ngannou will face Derrick Lewis instead, who has hilariously proclaimed that he would fight ‘the Predator’ for 8 million dollars.

Ngannou talked to MMA on SiriusXM and discussed the possibility of the fight against Jones not materializing.

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate asked him about his thoughts in the case that the fight doesn’t happen, and Ngannou answered, “I don’t make fights. I’m just the fighter.

He added that it would be a good fight. “That will be sad. I think that is a very good fight for everyone. Not just only for me, not just only for Jon Jones, and even for the UFC, for the fans,” he said.

Ngannou also mentioned that people have been asking him about a potential fight against Jon Jones ever since he started MMA. They were asking him questions about the fight even before ‘Bones‘ moved up to heavyweight.

Francis Ngannou won’t stop and wait for Jon Jones.

Francis further elaborated that he really wanted this fight and said, “At the end of the day, I truly want this fight. This will be a big fight. If it doesn’t happen, what can I do? I just have to move on.”

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Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou (red gloves) fights Derrick Lewis (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ngannou mentioned the other potential opponent, Derrick Lewis, and said, “I want to fight. I want to stay active. Derrick Lewis is there, and I think that would be a good fight as well.”

Do you think Jon Jones or Derrick Lewis can beat Francis Ngannou? Do you think there’s anyone in this world who can beat this version of the Cameroonian?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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