WATCH: Francis Ngannou Sends Jon Jones a Message by Pulverizing the Heavy Bag in Training

Published 04/15/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is back in the training room after his title fight victory at UFC 260. ‘The Predator’ knocked out Stipe Miocic in the second round of their contest and ushered in a new era. Ngannou has let it be known that he’s here to stay and is keen to go down as the most ferocious champion.

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Through Fight Hype.com on YouTube, fans can see Francis Ngannou channeling his violent streak on the heavy bag in training. Ngannou’s footwork and placement are as elite as can be, and his power is on display in full force. In a way, fans have interpreted Ngannou’s power punching display on the bag as a direct message to Jon Jones.

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Francis Ngannou is on a five-fight KO streak in the division and had a staggering 40 second average fight time before facing Miocic. He’s been able to stop championship-caliber fighters like Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos dead in their tracks. Ngannou’s ferocity is virtually unmatched in the UFC, and this is a high honor considering the talent pool.

Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones: A super fight to end all super fights

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Following his victory at UFC 260, only one name came to the minds of fans regarding Francis Ngannou’s next test. Newly minted heavyweight fighter, Jon Jones, is looking to make his divisional debut and for gold no less. He relinquished his light heavyweight title and has only one goal in sight now, the heavyweight crown.

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)

There’s plenty of hype surrounding that fight, as fans understandably want to see Jones tested in a big way. Moreover, Ngannou’s star power can shoot through the roof with a win over ‘Bones’. Beating Jon Jones would make Francis Ngannou the first man to legitimately defeat the consensus GOAT of MMA.

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As lucrative as the fight may be for all parties across the board, the bout is still a long way from being finalized. Jon Jones has been butting heads with the UFC brass over money-related issues, and the dream booking might very well fall apart. However, Ngannou’s clear-cut message to Jones from his training room might just entice ‘Bones’ to get the ball rolling.

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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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