Francis Ngannou Regrets Not Getting A Fight With Jon Jones, Still Hopeful For An Opportunity With Cross-Promotion

Francis Ngannou regrets not getting a deal done to face Jon Jones while he was still in the UFC, remains hopeful for the future.

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Credit Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones on Instagram

Francis Ngannou is regretful for not having the fight against Jon Jones when he was still with the UFC. 

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is on to bigger and better things. The former UFC fighter left the organization last year following a long unsuccessful negotiation process. He was looking to have the freedom to pursue a career in boxing while remaining active in MMA, among other things. The UFC was not willing to give him that and now he has signed with PFL.

When Ngannou was still champion in the UFC, Jon Jones was looking to make the move up to heavyweight, and many thought they would be fighting each other. After not coming to a new contract agreement, Ngannou left and the title became vacant. Jones stepped into the Octagon against Ciryl Gane earlier this year and became the new champion. Fans were sad about the missed chance to see Ngannou vs. Jones and so is Ngannou. 

Francis Ngannou regrets not being able to test himself against Jon Jones

Jones is often regarded as the best mixed martial artist to ever live. He is atop the GOAT lists for many fans and fighters. Now as the heavyweight champion and “Baddest Man On The Planet” Jones’ legacy cannot be denied. This test against the greatest is something that Ngannou regrets missing out on now that he is with PFL and not welcome back with the UFC. 

“I will always have a regret of not fighting Jon Jones,” he said on DC and RC. “I think, you know, being in the sport, being in this position you want to do is to test yourself against somebody like Jon Jones who is like, a GOAT of the sport, you can’t argue that. I will always and still to this day, I’m like if ever there is an opportunity to fight Jon Jones we will do it. But I don’t know how, maybe a cross-promotion I don’t know but Jon Jones is somebody that anyone that’s looking to make a legacy in this sport would like to fight.”

Ngannou will be heading to PFL where he will be one of the biggest names on the roster. He will be joining them in the PPV Super Fight Division and will be Chairman and an equity owner in PFL Africa. Dana White has mentioned never wanting Ngannou back and with Jones gearing up for his retirement bout it seems these two will never have the chance to grace the cage together, 

Published on May 17, 2023 at 9:27 am
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