Francis Ngannou talks to reporters after his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic in UFC 260. | Photo from Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
“I don’t care about what the talk says. I love that fight.” UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou does not care much for politics, or drama — he just knows he wishes to battle Jon Jones.
Just about everybody in the MMA sphere wants to see this fight except for UFC president Dana White, who claims ‘Bones’ will not fight for the heavyweight title.
Although White may have given up on the notion of Jones competing in heavyweight, Ngannou hasn’t. ‘The Predator’ told TMZ Sports lately that he wants to defend his title against Jones rather than Derrick Lewis and is enthusiastic at the possibility of beating one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
“I want Jon Jones,” Ngannou stated (h/t Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “Definitely. … I don’t care about what the talk says. I love that fight.”
“I have some size, too. I’m strong, too. I’m impressed (with his move to heavyweight). I know he’s very skilled, very talented. I respect that. But we are both men, and we’re going to find out.”
Jones can’t appear to come to an arrangement with the UFC on his next paycheck, but the former UFC light heavyweight champ recently brought on board former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer in hopes of earning his heavyweight dream become a reality. The JacksonWink standout has not fought since his 2020 title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, which saw Jones retain the light heavyweight title in an extremely contested unanimous decision.