Jon Jones is optimistic he and Francis Ngannou will get to exchange blows within the Octagon.
The former light heavyweight champion has been in a public disagreement with the UFC over the previous year after officially announcing his intention to move up to the heavyweight division. After Ngannou claimed the world title from Stipe Miocic, that disagreement went into overdrive, with Jones and UFC president Dana White publicly decreasing the other’s claims.
Despite all that, however, Jones is reportedly feeling good about his chances which the UFC give him the bump in pay he’s so long wanted.
“Hopefully the fight happens. We just gotta stay focused and stay training and see what the UFC is going to do on their part,” Jones explained, speaking to Fight Hype. “I think it’s gonna happen. I think the UFC will eventually do the right thing. I think this is one of the greatest fights of our generation and it would be really sad if it weren’t gonna happen. And I believe that it will. It’ll happen, all in good time.”
Should the bargain not come to fruition, Jones is not concerning himself with all the strain. He will instead continue to prepare, also says that whenever his move to the big man weight course does happen, it will nonetheless be an event in itself.
“There’s no backup plan. Whether I’m fighting Francis for the title, whether I’m fighting Derrick Lewis for the title, whether I’m Francis’ third, fourth title defence, it won’t really matter to me. My goal is to be the heavyweight champion and also the competition really won’t matter,” Jones said. “The month will not matter. We just getting ready. We’re just getting prepared and believe good will prevail”