Jon Jones Vows to Bring UFC Heavyweight Title Back to America

Published 04/30/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, took to Twitter recently and seemingly took a sly dig at the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou. The Cameroonian fighter ascended to the top of the mountain after his KO win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.

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However, Jones had some plans and tweeted the same. He wrote, “The greatest title in the world is coming back to the greatest country in the world,” he wrote.

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In another tweet, he added, “If you think you are going to run through America, you are wrong.

‘Bones’ was touted to fight ‘The Predator’ after UFC 260. He relinquished his light-heavyweight title in 2020 as he was aiming to make a move up to heavyweight. Jones wanted to get his frame right for heavyweight and took some time off. Given his run in the UFC, it looked almost certain for him to fight for the belt in his divisional debut.

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But the situation is much more complex than that at the moment, as ‘Bones’ and the UFC are miles apart from coming to an agreement on terms regarding payment. So, Jones’s future is in jeopardy and Ngannou is expected to fight Derrick Lewis in the first defense of his title.

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

It is not clear if this tweet is an indication that ‘Bones’ has made some headway with the UFC regarding the pay dispute. Hence, as of now, his heavyweight bow remains in limbo.

Should the UFC and Jon Jones come to a quick agreement?

Fans want to see the best fighters of their generations clash. Ngannou is one of a kind with his scary knockout prowess. There is no doubt he is the most powerful puncher to ever grace the Octagon. And Jones is a generational talent and is considered the G.O.A.T of the UFC in his own caliber.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So, the fight between Jones and Ngannou is something very appealing to the fans. This was the perfect opportunity for the UFC to put that fight together. Only time will tell if it’s wise to let this massive potential booking slide by.

What did you make of Jon Jones’s recent tweets? Is it a sign that he will fight ‘The Predator’ next? Let us know.

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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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