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.
Mike Winkeljohn, who is the head coach at Jon Jones said that if the pair fight inside the octagon, Jones would most likely finish Francis Ngannou late inside the cage.
“I expect Jon Jones to just take the plate and hit a homerun,” Winkeljohn told “Submission Radio.” “There’s no doubt about it. You know what? It’s about Jon imposing his will and fighting where he wants, and where he doesn’t want to, he won’t be there in the fight. So, it’s all about Jon Jones’ mentality and how smart he is. He’s got the experience on Francis, there’s no doubt about that, and Jon’s a big guy now. People would be surprised. He’s been hammering the weights, lifting. His power doubles, he can launch people over his head like crazy. He’s just so strong everywhere, and he hasn’t lost any speed. I think people are going have a great new look at the better Jon Jones in the future.”
He continued, “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.”
Jon Jones can outwrestle Francis Ngannou
Mike Winkeljohn also said that Jon Jones had a huge advantage in the wrestling section and he also has much better cardio then Francis Ngannou.
“I mean, there’s no doubt,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Jon’s got the advantage (in wrestling). Francis can explode out of anything, but it’s also the conditioning aspect. People don’t understand that Jon’s cardio has always been better than his opponents, and that’s what he brings to the table. And you can scramble so many times, and at that point in time, now your cardio starts taking over. And the strongest man in the world is very, very weak if they don’t have any cardio.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
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