Jon Jones insists Francis Ngannou 'found his way out' of facing him

Jon Jones insists Francis Ngannou ‘found his way out’ of facing him inside the octagon insisting the free agent ‘came up with every demand and request in the world’ so the UFC would be forced to let him go

  • Francis Ngannou left UFC in January following a long-running contract dispute
  • By contrast, heavyweight champion Jon Jones is tied in to an eight-fight deal
  • Ngannou taunted Jones whilst congratulating him on his victory on Twitter 

After proving himself the UFC GOAT with a dominant display that saw him claim the heavyweight title, Jon Jones has his eye on setting up his next banner clash. 

But one opponent he won’t be facing in the octagon is former rival Francis Ngannou. 

Ngannou vacated the heavyweight title that Jones seized on Saturday night in his jaw-dropping fight against Ciryl Gane after sensationally leaving UFC in January, relinquishing his belt with the exit. 

But despite Ngannou admitting that facing up to Jones was a fight he ‘would have liked to have’ on his YouTube channel, Jones took to Twitter to rule out the possibility. 

When asked by MMA Twitter outlet @MMArena_ is a fight between the two champions would take place, Jones was adamant, implying that Ngannou had ‘found his way out’ of fighting him. 

Jon Jones’ stunning victory over Ciryl Gane in the octagon handed him the heavyweight title

Francis Ngannou vacated the title in January after he left UFC following a contract dispute

Jones was adamant that the match-up wouldn’t take place saying Ngannou ‘left for a reason’

‘I highly doubt it, especially after that first performance,’ Jones argued on the social media site. 

‘Like I said the dude left for a reason. Came up with every demand and request in the world. He knew that UFC wasn’t going to bend, he found his way out.’

Ngannou exited the world of UFC after a long-running contract dispute with the promotion, with UFC president Dana White claiming that negotiations had been taking place for two years before unravelling. 

By contrast, Jones’s return to the octagon on Saturday game after a more-than three-year absence, and the fighter has signed an eight-fight deal with the promotion. 

As such, the pair are unlikely to meet, but harsh words may continue between the two fighters after Jones’s latest comment.  

‘Bones’ rocketed to the top of the UFC pound-for-pound rankings after his lethal dispatch of Gane, with Jones overturning the Frenchman with a submission defeat after a riotous two minutes and four seconds. 

Ngannou stoked controversy following Jones’s victory, tweeting his congratulations but signing off with a inciting moniker. 

Ngannou posted: ‘Good job Jonny Boy. Sincerely, The heavyweight king.’

After hearing about the comment in his post-fight press conference, Jones was quick to lash out. 

The former champion offered his congratulations to Jones after his win, but with a caveat 

Jones lethal submission of Gane came with just two minutes and four seconds on the clock

The No 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter didn’t hesitate to call out Stipe Miocic with a view to setting up his next big clash

‘Francis is a big old p****,’ Jones retorted, to cheers and applause from the gathered crowd. 

Jones was quick to call out former titleholder Stipe Miocic, who was ringside, after his victory. 

‘Stipe Miocic, I hope you’re training,’ Jones said. 

‘You’re the greatest heavyweight of all time, and I want you. I want you real bad.’

There is reason to believe Miocic versus Jones could take place at UFC 290 in July.  

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