The talks about a potential superfight between former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou have intensified following the Cameronian’ latest victory over Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 260.
Following the fight at UFC 260, Dana White was asked about the possibility of making a fight between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones, to which the UFC president replied that, Jones might drop down in weight class to go fight at 185lbs.
This resulted in Jon Jones going ballistic on social media and asking for his UFC release. It’s highly unlikely that Dana White would let go of one of the UFC’s biggest stars and also the greatest fighter of all time.
Last week, Jon Jones earlier stated that $8-$10 Million was too low of an offer for a fight against Francis Ngannou.
Jon Jones needs $50 Million to fight Francis Ngannou?
Now coach Mike Winkeljohn has said that the UFC should pay Jon Jones $50 Million for the super-fight against Francis Ngannou.
“Gosh, I look at the big fights … I think this fight can be easily as [big as] some of the big Mayweather fights out there,” Mike Winkeljohn said of Jones vs. Ngannou (h/t MMAMania.com). “What did Floyd Mayweather make? A hundred million? I don’t know. You know, that type of thing. He was kind of his own promoter. So, Jon (Jones) has gotta share that with the UFC as far as on pay-per-view buys.
“But I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a fifty-million-dollar fight. And the UFC still makes bank, and is able to pay off a lot of the debt they have and go forward. I think the UFC needs a superstar like Jon Jones. I think Conor was the guy for a while, and he’s fallen off. But those big names is what makes the UFC money, ultimately.”
Mike Winkeljohn also gave a prediction for the fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. Mike said that ‘Bones’ will finish him late in the fight.
“Oh gosh, Jon finishes him late in the fight. I think Jon, after some ground-and-pound, will end up tapping Francis out late in the fight.”