Jon Jones tells Francis Ngannou to 'sign the deal'

‘If you think I wouldn’t take this fight you’re insane’: Jon Jones tells Francis Ngannou to ‘sign the deal’ after Cameroonian tempts him to finally move up to heavyweight

  • Francis Ngannou beat Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds on Saturday night
  • Jon Jones says he is now strongly considering moving up to heavyweight 
  • The lightweight champion insists he would ‘love’ to face Ngannnou 

UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones says he would ‘love’ to finally move up to heavyweight and take on top contender Francis Ngannou in a ‘big money fight’.

Ngannou reaffirmed his position as the the most terrifying man in mixed martial arts with another emphatic first round knockout at UFC 249 on Saturday night.

The Cameroonian took just 20 seconds to dispatch of Jairzinho Rozenstruik, his fourth consecutive fight to last under 80 seconds.

Jon Jones says he would ‘love’ to finally move up to heavyweight and face Francis Ngannou

Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in just 20 seconds at UFC 249 on Saturday

The win puts Ngannou in line for another title shot but there could now be an even bigger fight on his horizon. 

Another UFC event took place on Wednesday night, Jones watching on as former lightweight opponent Ovince Saint Preux made his heavyweight debut.

Fans have long clamoured for 205-pound great Jones to do the same and he admitted the fight, which Saint Preux lost by decision, had made him consider it more strongly. 

‘Man it was weird seeing OSP fight at heavyweight, made it seem so much more real for me,’ Jones wrote on Twitter. ‘Especially knowing he was at 240lbs. With a little more cardio, he would’ve been sweet. I was visualising myself as him that whole fight.

And Ngannou was quick to respond, asking ‘how real it seemed to you my friend?!’.

‘Seemed so real Francis,’ Jones replied. ‘All that power means nothing when your hay makers are too slow. I’m not most my friend.’

Jones did not stop there, the 32-year-old then sharing a longer tweet expressing desire to face Ngannou.

Who would you guys consider the quicker and more technical striker, Thiago Santos or Francis?’ He asked. ‘If you guys think I wouldn’t take this fight you’re insane. I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I’d love that big money fight right around now. Send the deal.’      

Ngannou was once again quick to respond, saying: ‘If you think you can handle my technique level that’s fine but I agree with you that you don’t have anything to prove in LHW division and that this should be for bags (money).’  

Significantly larger and more powerful, it would be hard to argue that this would not be the toughest test of Jones’ storied career, a career in which his only defeat came in the form of a highly controversial disqualification.


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