- Francis Ngannou defended heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
- Could make second defense against Jon Jones.
- Has managed something no other fighter has in last 13 years.
Francis Ngannou retained his title UFC heavyweight title at UFC 270 following an emphatic decision victory over Ciryl Gane.
The African-born powerhouse, who is best known for his hard-hitting fight style, has managed to evolve his attributes since teaming up with Las Vegas-based gym Xtreme Couture.
Following his impressive grappling display against Gane at UFC 270, Ngannou should now be considered one of the heavyweight division’s most well-rounded fighters.
However, there is another fighter waiting in the wings who is also rightfully regarded as one of the most polished mixed martial artists ever.
Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a career resume most fights can only dream of.
After vacating his light heavyweight title in 2020, ‘Bones’ has frequently stated his next career move will be to move up to fight at heavyweight.
Now expected to make his 265 lb debut against reigning champion Ngannou, assuming the African and president Dana White can draw a line under their ongoing financial dispute, Jones could be set to form one half of the biggest fight in MMA history.
Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou: The Champ Ends 13-Year-Long Trend
Jones has not opened as a fight’s underdog since his UFC 94 bout against Stephan Bonnar.
The American’s light heavyweight matchup against Bonnar 13-years-ago was only his second in the UFC, so it is easy to understand why he opened as a marginal underdog (+140).
However, after dismantling Bonnar over three rounds to earn himself a clear unanimous decision win, Jones has not opened as a fight’s underdog since.
‘Bones’ has recorded odds against his name on 21 different occasions, with just one of those bouts so far failing to materialize (Israel Adesanya).
Although it has not been officially announced that Jones will face Ngannou, the online oddsmakers believe there is a real possibility that a super heavyweight showdown between the pair could happen this year and have consequently opened their betting lines.
Should this potential matchup become a reality, Ngannou would have done what no man in the last 13-years has managed – made GOAT contender Jones an outsider to win.