Jon Jones Rips Francis Ngannou for Opting Out of Mega UFC Fight: “He Was Offered the Biggest Contract in Heavyweight History”

Published 02/24/2023, 4:57 AM EST

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Jon Jones was seemingly destined to fight Francis Ngannou in a heavyweight contest. However, destiny had different plans for the fighters. Jones previously teased his return to the Octagon and debut as a heavyweight. Unfortunately, ‘The Predator’ was released from his contract with the UFC even before the two got a chance to battle each other. 

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Without a doubt, the MMA world was disappointed when Ngannou walked out and vacated his title. Surprisingly, ‘Bones’ took up another fight against Ciryl Gane and promised to entertain the fans with at least two more fights out of him. When reminded of Daniel Cormier’s comments that Jones would be a contested champ even if he won the belt, Jones had the perfect reply set in motion. Nevertheless, the fighter claimed that he was ready to fight Ngannou if he decided to come back to the UFC.

Jon Jones doesn’t want to be criticized for Francis Ngannou walking out

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In a recent interview with RMC Sport, ‘Bones’ was reminded of a comment made by DC. “Daniel Cormier said that if you win these belts, you could become a contested champion, because you didn’t have to face Francis Ngannou, which was the reigning champion,” said the journalist.

Without a second’s delay, the former champion claimed that he didn’t deserve to be criticized. Jones said, “I don’t think I deserve any criticism. I’m here. I’m here. Francis had the opportunity to face me and he opted out of the opportunity. If anyone should be criticized, it’s Francis Ngannou.”

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Furthermore, he said, “… He was offered the biggest contract in heavyweight history. He had the opportunity to be the guy to dethrone me. And he didn’t believe in himself. Francis didn’t believe in himself. He wasn’t willing to gamble on himself.”

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Finally, he revealed that he felt bad for the fans. Undeniably, it would have been one of the most enjoyable fights in the history of UFC. Jones didn’t overlook the fans’ disappointment. He claimed that if the Cameroonian warrior decided to come back, he would fight him.

‘Bones’ would be in prime shape

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Malki Kawa, Jones’ manager, recently shared an update through his Instagram story. Although ‘Bones’ once reigned the light heavyweight division, Kawa claimed that he would be in his prime shape for the fight against Gane. 

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Kawa wrote, “Talked to bones yesterday. He will be in prime shape for this one.” With the timeline for the fight inching closer, the excitement travels higher for mixed martial arts fans.

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Would you have liked it better if Jones fought Ngannou instead of Gane? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Krushna Prasad Pattnaik

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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Coming from a pharmaceutical background with a master's degree in the same and multiple scientific publications, his passion for combat sports and writing brought him to EssentiallySports, where both of his passions met in a beautiful collaboration. He is an instrumentalist and has a profound love for books.
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