UFC: Rivalry Between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou Heats Up Following Firery Exchange

  • Jon Jones takes aim at heavyweight champion.
  • Potential super-fight still speculated.
  • Jones insists Francis Ngannou has just one route to victory.

The rivalry between UFC powerhouses Jon Jones and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is hotting up following a fiery social media exchange.

Jones, best known for his dominant reign at light heavyweight, recently vacated his title with a view to move up and compete at heavyweight.

Having not fought for well over a year, Jones has been spending vast amounts of time in the gym bulking up ahead of his impending heavyweight debut.

While the American was busy stacking out his 6’4″ frame, natural heavyweight Francis Ngannou was busy taking the division’s title away from Stipe Miocic.

Following the pair’s first fight in 2018, Ngannou was recently gifted a mouth-watering rematch.

Coming into March’s heavyweight title fight against Miocic, Ngannou was hot off the back of a four fight winning streak.

Going on to bag the win via a second-round knockout, Ngannou now sits comfortably on top of the division’s throne.

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Potential Heavyweight Title Showdown Dubbed ‘Biggest Fight of All Time’

Despite recently losing his number one pound-for-pound ranking to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, there are very few MMA fans who deny Jones’ talent.

With a professional career spanning over 13-years, Jones has beaten virtually every single man put in front of him.

The only blemish on his near perfect 26-1 record comes by way of a controversial loss due to illegal elbow strikes against Matt Hamill back in 2009.

Moving up to heavyweight is not only brave – should Jones go on to immediately capture gold, it’ll be seen as one of the most pioneering decisions in mixed martial arts.

But moving up to beat man-mountain Ngannou on his own territory will be easier said than done – and that’s what makes a potential super-fight one of the most exciting prospects in the sport’s history.

If you look at what the potential is, I think the potential is the biggest fight of all time. I really do believe that.

Joe Rogan speaking on the JRE podcast on Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones

Pair Square Off Online

Despite UFC president Dana White recently playing down the prospect of Jones taking on Ngannou, there still appears to be an underlying desire from both men to finalize a potential super-fight.

Showing that there is definitely some bad blood between the pair, Jones and Ngannou recently went at it over social media.

After tweeting and suggesting that Ngannou needs to do more if he wants to fight him, the African champion wasted no time in firing back.

As it transpired though – Jones wasn’t done there.

Two more tweets quickly ensued with the former light heavyweight champion warning that if the pair were to fight, Ngannou’s only hope would be to knock him out.

Excited yet?

Leah is a 28-year-old professional British sports journalist who specialises in reporting on top-flight European football and MMA. Leah works for a top-tier UK sports media company which is where she can be found providing exclusive content and interviews with some of sport's biggest names. In her spare time Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American hip-hop!

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