Daniel Cormier thinks everyone would benefit from Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou taking place in the Octagon.
Once Jones announced his move from light heavyweight to heavyweight, the MMA community anticipated a historic matchup between him and Ngannou. Unfortunately, ‘The Predator’ couldn’t come to an agreement with the UFC, leading to his departure from the promotion.
Since then, Jones secured the vacant UFC heavyweight title with a first-round submission against Ciryl Gane. According to ‘Bones,’ the only matchup left that excites him would be against Stipe Miocic, which is expected to happen later this year.
During a video on his YouTube channel, Cormier discussed how a fight against Ngannou would motivate Jones and sell out any arena. ‘DC’ had this to say:
“We want to see Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou. I know I do. I’m all in on that fight because I think that fight would blow the roof on any arena that they put these two into. I believe that’s the one that will get Jones excited. It’ll challenge him mentally, it’ll challenge him physically but also mentally for his preparation to be ready and more ready than ever because he understands the challenges ahead of him in Francis Ngannou.”
Daniel Cormier believes those questioning Francis Ngannou’s future could be wrong
Francis Ngannou initially left the UFC with hopes of getting a massive payday in professional boxing. It’s unclear what’s next for ‘The Predator,’ but he might be returning to MMA. There is a running native in the MMA community that Ngannou “fumbled the bag” by not re-signing with the UFC, which Daniel Cormier has recently questioned.
During the same YouTube video, Cormier had this to say after Ngannou’s recent social media post of him trolling his doubters:
“You saw his post the other day in front of the Mercedes… Maybe Francis isn’t hurting as much as we think. Maybe ‘cause Francis isn’t just out there boasting and pushing out, ‘I’m doing this this this and this.’ Maybe the dude’s not hurting. Maybe Francis got this sh*t all under control.”
Ngannou last fought in January 2022, defeating Ciryl Gane by unanimous decision before vacating the UFC heavyweight championship. A year later, the 36-year-old is rumored to be close to announcing his next move. Rumors are circulating about ‘The Predator’ signing with the Professional Fighters League, but nothing is guaranteed.