Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou wasn’t amused with Jon Jones war declaration.
Jon “Bones” Jones will return after 3 years and will be moving up to the heavyweight division. The 35-year-old will be welcomed by heavyweight top contender Ciryl Gane. The pair will exchange blows for the vacant heavyweight belt at UFC 285 on March 5.
Jones was initially targeted to face Ngannou but after failed negotiations, Ngannou opted for free agency.
Jon Jones initially wished him well, however, he turned a corner once he heard Francis Ngannou say that whoever UFC crowns as the new champion won’t be undisputed because they’ve never beaten him.
“I found an interview of Francis talking about he’ll forever be the undisputed champion because no one beat him. Once I saw that, my tone changed. I thought I would tell how I really felt. He did make the right decision, he left before I came back. Smart move!” Jones wrote on Twitter.
A few days after Jones dropped his critique, Ngannou decided to respond. He took to his Twitter account to share several snippet pointing out Jones’ hypocrisy.
Ngannou shared bits of an old statement where Jones talks about Daniel Cormier and claims that ‘DC’ is not a two-division champion because he never managed to get a win against Jon Jones.
“He was never the light heavyweight champion. He never beat me. This has been my era since 2011. I want to make that loud and clear. ‘DC’ is no champ-champ. When we talk about the asterisk next to my name, there’s always going to be an asterisk next to the idea of him being a champ-champ.” Jones previously said.
Daniel Cormier faced Jon Jones two times for the light heavyweight belt. He never beat Jones but he did get the light heavyweight belt in 2015 after Jones got suspended and stripped.
In 2018, Cormier moved up to the heavyweight division and snatched the heavyweight belt from Stipe Miocic.
Ezra Samuel is a passionate freelance writer with a particular love for covering MMA news. His interest in the sport dates back to his college days, and he has since established himself as a respected voice in the MMA community. Over the years, Ezra has contributed his writing to a variety of digital outlets, including the popular site calfkicker.