(Video) Wholesome moment between Jon Jones and Ngannou’s mom receives praise

Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones are two heavyweights who are known for their respectful rivalry. But amidst the competitive feud, an incident at the recent PFL vs. Bellator event in Saudi Arabia showcased a surprising display of mutual respect.

Both contenders were present at the event, and Ngannou took to his social media account to share a heartwarming post. The video captured Jon Jones engaging with Ngannou’s mother. He was extending a handshake, bowing respectfully, and sharing a friendly hug.

Ngannou expressed his appreciation, stating: “Fighting aside, it was very respectable of you to greet my mom like this, @JonnyBones. Much respect.🙏🏿”

This incident revealed a side of their relationship that goes beyond the ring, portraying a level of sportsmanship that transcends the competitive atmosphere.

Contrary to the expectations of a heated rivalry, Ngannou has publicly acknowledged Jones’s greatness, and even labeled Jones as the greatest fighter ever in previous interviews.

Ngannou’s journey to the UFC heavyweight championship involved defeating numerous former champions, including a decisive rematch victory against Stipe Miocic. After successfully defending his title against heavyweight Ciryl Gane, Ngannou opted to explore opportunities in boxing. He then ended up departing from the UFC.

Seizing the opportunity, Jones made a triumphant return at UFC 285. He ended up claiming the heavyweight title vacated by Ngannou. This marked a pivotal moment as Jones reclaimed the championship in a first-round submission victory over Ciryl Gane.

Currently, Jon Jones holds the UFC heavyweight title, while Ngannou has ventured into the realm of boxing. Ngannou is currently preparing for his upcoming bout against boxing icon Anthony Joshua on March 8.

Simultaneously, Ngannou is navigating his debut in the PFL with his first opponent secured. He will be competing against Renan Ferreira, who recently defeated Ryan Bader. This sets the stage for an intriguing matchup inside the PFL Smart Cage.