Ngannou sends message to Jones after dominant UFC 285 win over Gane

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has sent Jon Jones a message after picking up the 265lb strap against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285. Ngannou, who recently parted ways with the MMA giants, reminded Jones that he is still the ‘heavyweight king’ having walked away from the company as champion.

Jones submitted Gane in the first round via guillotine choke to become the UFC’s eighth two-weight world champion. Following a dominant reign at the top of the light-heavyweight division, Jones joined the likes of Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo as champ-champ.

However, he won’t get the opportunity to face lineal title holder Ngannou, with the Cameroonian now turning his attention to boxing. Ngannou is currently chasing high-profile matchups with upper-echelon talents Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder for his debut in the sport.

It is understood that Saudi Arabia is interested in playing host to a money-spinning bout between Ngannou and Wilder with the Bronze Bomber recently visiting the Kingdom to discuss his next fight options.

But despite all of that going on behind the scenes, Ngannou still found time to watch Jones and Gane duke it out for his old belt and gave his reaction on Twitter: “Good job Jonny Boy. Sincerely, The heavyweight king.”

Jones will now defend his strap against Stipe Miocic in July and said of the contest post-fight: “Oh yeah, baby. Y’all want to see me beat up Stipe? One thing I know about the UFC is we give the fans what they want to see. Stipe Miocic, I hope you’re training, my guy. You’re the greatest heavyweight of all-time, and that’s what I want. I want you — real bad.”


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Miocic replied: “Good for him. Hey, you won. I’ll see him in July. I’m going to train my a** off and I’m going to beat his a**.”

Speaking about his performance, Jones added: “I had a strong conviction that if I were to get him down to the ground, the fight would be in my area. I’ve been wrestling since I was 12 years old, and I felt stronger and more comfortable – especially on the ground – than ever.

“With kickboxing you never know what’s going to happen – he zigs, I zag – there was a major feeling out process. I actually felt a little goofy on the feet, it’s been a while, but once I got my hands on him, I knew that’s where I was most comfortable and that I could take control.”


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