“It’s Not Gonna Happen!”-Dana White Shuts Down Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou Super fight

Published 05/29/2020, 12:48 AM EDT


Dana White had choice words for Jon ‘Bones’ Jones in light of recent accusations made by the latter. In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White provided some clarity on the strenuous relations between the two following bout negotiations.

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Jon Jones was pitching for a matchup with Francis Ngannou at a potential move up to Heavyweight. Both the fighters had a back and forth on twitter. The MMA community began to pine for the super fight.

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Although it seemed as though the fight could materialize, it ultimately fell through, at least for the time being. Speculations were rampant as to the cause of the fallout, since there seemed to be enough of fan support to lock it in.

Confirming initial reports, Dana White laid into Jones and left no doubt as to why the fight failed to materialize.

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“For the amount of money he was asking for, it’s not going to happen. He couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time,” he said The statement does not come as a shock to many, as Francis Ngannou posited the same speaking to Ariel Helwani a day prior.

Where does Dana White and the UFC go from here?

White remains clear that the UFC will go on full steam ahead. Regardless of the current scenario, the UFC made a quick turnaround being the first major sport to return.

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Putting together massive fights for the UFC is a task easier said than done at this time. With flight restrictions, many international fighters are having a hard time getting the required clearance.

The UFC President would have liked to book the mega-fight between Jones and Ngannou. A July Fight Island card between them was the best opportunity. However, given the absence of fans and lack of income coming in from ticket sales, Jones seems to have priced himself out of the fight for now.

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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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