Francis Ngannou's head coach Eric Nicksick still doesn't know if the fight between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones will take place. “I think it’s 50-50, to be honest with you, when you’re talking business and timeline,” Nicksick said for MMA Fighting.
“I’m confident from what I saw from Francis a couple of weeks ago that if we had to be ready for March, I think we can get him ready, but I think it is cutting it a little bit short because he had to go back home and renew his visa.
And then obviously they still haven’t announced anything yet with his contract and where they’re at, so 50-50 for me. I’m hoping for this thing, fingers crossed that we can get this deal done. If it’s not March, maybe it’s April or May, or something like that.
I do know that they’re shooting for March and that Jon Jones is the opponent. Everything else is out of my hands, but if they tell me, ‘Hey, we’re fighting March 4,’ we’ll have our guy ready, that’s for sure”.
The reporters were interested in whether Nganou's coach would have the courage to bet on whether this match would happen. “I’m a Vegas boy, so I’m always betting on the table to win,” Nicksick said.
“I’m not a don’t pass line guy, so put it on let’s make this thing happen. I’m optimistic we’ll get this thing done”.
Nicksick on Ngannou
Francis trains hard and gives his best. The coach was impressed by his motivation and appearance.
He believes that Ngannou will be a dominant force. "Before he left man, we sparred on [that] Thursday before he left, and I’ll tell you what: He looked amazing. Like, absolutely amazing,” Nicksick said. “I was just so happy and elated to see how his energy felt when he was in the room and you could see that the old Francis is back.
I’m very optimistic about everything, but the contract stuff, that’s all up to Francis and the UFC. But I know, as far as the skill set goes and what I’m seeing in the room, it’s very positive right now. I just can’t wait to get him back in and get back to training.