Francis Ngannou admits that of all the potential duels, he is currently most attracted to the one with Jon Jones. The current heavyweight champion is aware of all the 'Bones' skills and dangers he brings to the Octagon, but he is not convinced that Jon is a stronger opponent and fighter than Stipe Miočić.
As soon as he knocked out Miocic in late March and ascended the heavyweight throne, ‘Predator’ was aware of the direction the UFC’s plans were heading. Jon Jones has been preparing for a heavyweight debut for months and it’s no secret that the UFC wants to push him into the prestigious belt fight right away, but in all those negotiations there were disagreements and the problem, as usual, was in the money.
Jon once said that even 8-10 million dollars would not satisfy him, and thus he has already stepped into the numbers that the UFC does not really want to waste. "Everyone in this position would like to be paid fairly.
A guy like Jones has been in this game for a very long time and the UFC is growing and so I don't see anything wrong with trying to make some more money." "I don't know exactly what the deal is, but I know that I would love for that fight to happen - it would definitely be match number 1, ”Ngannou said in the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.
Stipe vs Ngannou
Ngannou defeated the most successful heavyweight in UFC history in his last appearance. He and Stipe have played two matches so far. The former champion celebrated with a convincing referee decision back there in early 2018, and Francis got his revenge on him in late March.
In their first, but also in their second meeting, Miočić showed up to the knockout that he could withstand some of Ngannou's strongest bombs, the same ones that had destroyed many before him, and it seems that 'Predator' is not sure that Jones could resist these same onslaughts.
“Jon Jones definitely has more tools than Stipe, but I’m not really sure he’s any tougher than Miocic,” said Ngannou who dreams of one real MMA spectacle on African soil. "I think we could do something like 'Rumble in the Jungle.'
That would be great and I'd definitely be a part of it. I'd also like that to happen in the near future, maybe with Jones on the opposite side. It would be epic, ”Ngannou concluded.