Francis Ngannou calls Jon Jones “GOAT” and expresses regret over missed opportunity

The ongoing feud between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones has captivated the MMA world for quite some time. Many people previously thought Ngannou would be competing against Jon Jones in his comeback.

But Ngannou left the UFC after successfully defending his heavyweight belt against Gane at UFC 270, vacating his title. Jones reclaimed the title on his return after defeating Ciryl Gane at UFC 285.

Recently, Francis Ngannou made headlines by signing with PFL. Jones even tweeted in response to Ngannou joining the PFL. He questioned Ngannou’s claim of being the “baddest man on the planet,” scoffing at him.

Jones wrote:

Not one to back down from a challenge, Ngannou promptly fired back at Jones and urged him to “cross the street” if he was truly up for a showdown. Francis then replied:

Although the invitation appeared enticing, it remains unclear whether the two heavyweights will face off in the future.

However, Jon Jones went on to make a series of tweets to Twitter to express his thoughts.

It seems like the rivalry between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou is far from over. But in an unexpected twist, Ngannou expressed deep admiration for Jon Jones during an interview with Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark on the DC & RC show.

Despite the verbal sparring, Ngannou acknowledged Jones as the ‘GOAT. He also admitted that he regrets not being able to face him inside the cage.

Ngannou said: “I will always have a regret of not fighting Jon Jones. I think you know, being in the sport, being in this position, what you want to do is to test yourself against somebody like Jon Jones, who stands as a GOAT of the sport.”

Additionally, was revealed earlier this week that Francis Ngannou will participate in the Superfight division of PFL. His decision to sign with the PFL comes with numerous benefits, including the opportunity to compete in boxing matches and the chance to help develop PFL Africa. It is a new MMA initiative in Africa to support the development of local athletes.