Francis Ngannou Thinks Jon Jones’ Striking Was “Off” Against Ciryl Gane: “It Exposed Him”

Ngannou talks Jones' flaws against Gane.

Francis Ngannou Jon Jones Vs Ciryl Gane
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Francis Ngannou believes Jon Jones was “exposed” during his quick submission victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 back in March.

Jones was out of action since early 2020 before sharing the Octagon with Gane. He was moving up to the hevyweight division fighting for the vacant gold. Jones left fight fans in awe, submitting Gane in the opening frame. Jones won the title that Ngannou vacated once he had a falling out with the UFC.

Francis Ngannou Says Jon Jones Was “Exposed”

During an appearance on “Hotboxing’ With Mike Tyson,” Francis Ngannou discussed why he believes Jon Jones exposed himself despite the quick finish against Gane.

“It was clear that was a perfect game plan,” Ngannou said. “When I saw their first exchange I’m like, ‘Jones doesn’t look good. He better finish this guy early,’ because when you look at the standup it was a little off. The timing and everything on the striking. He was fighting a guy that, Gane doesn’t have knockout power, so the worst case scenario you will get one, two punches trying to get to him, but if you hold him he’s gonna have a bad night. Basically, the Gane fight kind of like exposed him. I’m not a wrestler, but I wrestled Gane as I wanted. So, somebody like Jones, for him, I’m like, ‘Oh, I just have to lay my hands on this guy and it’s over.'”

Ngannou vs. Jones seems like a pipedream these days with “The Predator” signing with PFL and “Bones” remaining with the UFC. Ngannou is also gearing up for a massive boxing match against WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

As for Jones, he’ll be putting his gold on the line against Stipe Miocic inside Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 11. The fight will headline UFC 295.

Published on August 23, 2023 at 3:46 pm
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