UFC: ‘Titan’ Jon Jones Positive Francis Ngannou Fight Happens
Jon Jones is confident that he will fight Francis Ngannou for the UFC heavyweight title sooner rather than later.
Ngannou finished Stipe Miocic in the second round to win the heavyweight title last month at UFC 260. Dana White had previously stated that Jones is next in line to fight for the belt, but negotiations between the former light heavyweight champion and the UFC remain at a stalemate.
Earlier this month, the UFC offered Ngannou a rematch with Derrick Lewis at UFC 263 on June 12th, but ‘The Predator’ turned it down because he needs more time.
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Although the UFC doesn’t appear keen on waiting around for him, Jones told Fight Hype (as transcribed by MMA Fighting) he’s confident that the UFC will eventually do the right thing.
“I think it’s gonna happen,” Jones said. “I think the UFC eventually will do the right thing. I think this is one of the greatest fights of our generation and it would be really sad if it weren’t to happen. I believe that it will. It would be a real tragedy [if it didn’t happen]. It’ll happen.
“All in good time. We’re patient and like I said, just doing what we can do and controlling what we can control and doing our part.”
“I Want To Look Like A Titan”
Jones is demanding a lucrative payday to fight Ngannou, and won’t settle for anything less than what he deserves. In the meantime however, the 33 year old is working hard in the gym everyday to become a ‘titan’.
“Right now, we’re just training,” Jones said. “We’re training and just focusing on things we can control, which is being in the best shape and I think me just getting in shape sells the fight even more. People want to see two titans and Francis is already a titan and I’m trying to become a titan. I want to look like a titan. I want to be the same size as this guy if not bigger when we get out there. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“Hopefully the fight happens. We’ve just got to stay focused, stay training and see what the UFC is going to do on their part.”
No Backup Plan
‘Bones’ is also not going to settle for anything less than a heavyweight title fight. And he doesn’t care who the opponent is.
“There’s no backup plan,” Jones stated. “Whether I’m fighting Francis for the title, whether I’m fighting Derrick Lewis for the title, whether I’m Francis’ third, fourth title defence, it won’t really matter to me. My goal is to be the heavyweight champion and the opponent really won’t matter. The month won’t matter. We’re just getting ready and believe that good will prevail.”
‘Awesome To Train Heavy’
Jones is also enjoying the perks of being a heavyweight, which include not having to worry about cutting down to the light heavyweight limit and getting to eat ‘tons of food’.
“It feels awesome to train heavy,” Jones said. “Good to eat whatever I want, obviously I’m on a great diet right now but get to eat tons of food, a lot of rest. Right now, I’m just living like a total athlete.
“I’m excited to compete at my full potential going in there without a weight cut. I have two brothers that are really big boys and I feel like this is the guy I was supposed to be the whole time.”
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