Dana White discusses possibility of highly anticipated Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou fight following Bones’ first-round submission at UFC 285

UFC president Dana White talked to TMZ Sports, he thinks that Jon Jones would have defeated former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou just as quickly if they had fought.

Jon Jones began his career in the heavyweight division with a strong performance. He won the first round of his fight against Ciryl Gane and submitted him in just over two minutes to become the new heavyweight champion at UFC 285.

He said, “I’m not interested. I tried to make that fight for two years. He didn’t want the fight. Do you know what I mean? He didn’t want the fight. He left here without even having another deal in place, and I know how the boxing world is. It’s crazy, but Francis didn’t want to do it.” 
Dana added, “I think that’s exactly the way the fight would’ve gone if [Ngannou] was in there, too. He and Ciryl had a five-round war [at UFC 270], and if Ciryl doesn’t go for that submission, Ciryl probably wins that fight at the end of the fifth round there.” 

Even though Francis had to rely on the judges’ decision to win against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. It should be acknowledged that he was fighting with a torn ACL and MCL.

Currently, Ngannou is not under contract with any organization. While Jon is anticipated to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in his first defense later this year.

Dana White says Francis Ngannou has decided not to pursue a fight with Jon Jones.

In his first heavyweight fight, Jon Jones had little difficulty defeating Ciryl Gane. Although there were rumors that Francis Ngannou would face Jones before his departure from the UFC. Ngannou recently stated that it is unlikely that the highly anticipated match will happen.

Due to a contractual disagreement with the UFC, Francis lost his heavyweight title. He had requested that fighters be allowed to sign sponsorships, receive healthcare benefits, and have a representative present during UFC board meetings, but his demands were not met. As a result, the UFC terminated his contract, and it is unclear where he will fight next.

 Who do you think will stand on top, Francis or Jon? Let us know in the comments below. 

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