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Francis Ngannou: “Obviously” Jon Jones, And Not Third Fight With Stipe Miocic “Makes Sense”

Francis Ngannou (image via UFC/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Francis Ngannou isn’t saying that he won’t take a rubber match with Stipe Miocic. But, after taking out the latter to win the UFC’s heavyweight title Saturday, Ngannou has his sights set on a fight with Jon Jones.

Ngannou squashed a takedown attempt from Miocic in round one of the headliner, and went on to KO him in round two. Leading up to the fight, the expectation was that former light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones would face the winner.

But, since Miocic defeated Ngannou by decision in 2018, there was also talk about the possibility of a third fight, if the latter won.

Following UFC 260, Ngannou had this to say about facing Jones, rather than Miocic (quotes via MMA Junkie).

“Obviously, Jon Jones makes more sense for me,” Ngannou said. “Either way, I’m going to fight. If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to move. As the new heavyweight champion, I decided to move on (and) put more activity in the division than it has in the past two or three years.”

“Personally, no, I don’t feel a need (right now),” Ngannou said, while talking about fighting Miocic for a third time. “He said I won’t be a champion until he’s retired, so maybe he’ll retire. But if not, I’ll still be down to fight him. I lost against him and he stands as the greatest heavyweight of all time, so it makes sense for me just to fight him if needed.”

With Saturday’s win, Ngannou (16-3) extended his winning streak to five. All five victories have been via stoppage.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:36 am
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