Jon Jones, Francis Ngannou’s rivalry intensifies after war of word
Photo credit: @jonnybones,@francisngannou/Instagram
By Kriel Ibarrola
Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou are not each other’s biggest fans at the moment. The pair of polarizing MMA superstars added some more fuel to their heating rivalry following a feisty Twitter back and forth recently.
It all began when the former long-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion shared the fruit of his hard work, as he bulked up and got himself physically prepared for bigger challenges at Heavyweight.
Bones even claimed that he will run through the division, something that did not sit well with the newly-crowned heavyweight champ.
Ngannou fired back with a scathing retort, calling the pound-for-pound great a “decision fighter”. While Jones does have 16 finishes by way of KOs and submissions, his last three victories all came via decisions.
Jones responded threatening to break The Predator once they share the Octagon.
A potential Jon Jones versus Francis Ngannou superfight has been teased as soon as the Cameroonian dethroned Stipe Miocic to become the “Baddest Man in the Planet”.
The timing sounds about right, too, since Jones vacated the LHW crown last year and declared his desire to move up to HW in a bid to become a two-division champion.
But as much as we all want to see these two behemoths share the octagon, it’s going to be much easier said than done.
For starters, Jones and UFC President Dana White are still not seeing eye-to-eye at moment following their ongoing pay dispute.
Plus, Jones is not even the one lined-up for a title shot against Ngannou, since Derrick Lewis is reportedly the number one contender for his first title defense.
The Black Best does have a four-fight winning streak at the moment and holds a unanimous decision win over Ngannou back in 2018.
Still, it’s evident that there’s no love lost between Jones and Ngannou right now.