Jon Jones may not be around for the UFC very long. Jones will retire after defending his heavyweight championship against Stipe MIocic in the near future. It is certainly sad to see one of the best fighters leave the sport. However, there may be a chance for fans to watch Jones again. Jon Jones recently said that his only condition was to fight in heavyweight after his match with Stipe miocic.
After a three-year layoff, Jon Jones finally made his long-anticipated return to heavyweight competition against Ciryl Ganes. Jones won the heavyweight title at UFC 285. Francis Ngannou had been the heavyweight champion before Jones. Ngannou, however, left UFC due to failed negotiations. Francis has had no luck in finding his next bout, but Jones will defend his title next against Stipe Mirocic.
Jones said that he would have nothing left to prove if he won the title. Jones announced that he would retire from the organization should he win. Jones could still fight for the organisation if he fights Francis Ngannou at a later date.
“I think a Francis Ngannou bout would be entertaining, and I wouldn’t retire. I believe a Francis Ngannou fight would bring in some serious revenue and would be worth my time. Francis is a former world champion. He is a pretty popular guy in America and around the world. He is very well-known. “I would return if it brought in lots of money,” said Jones.
Dana White previously stated that it was very difficult for him to match Ngannou’s contract. White will never consider bringing Ngannou back to the UFC roster. Even though Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones would be a huge fight, it is unlikely that this will ever happen in the UFC.
The signing of Francis Ngannou ends the talks about the championship
The Singapore-based ONE Championship has ended talks with Francis Ngannou. Ngannou held the UFC heavyweight title before exploring his free agent. Ngannou, who had already defended his title against Ciryl Ganes once, demanded more from his UFC contract. Francis, however, left the organization due to a failed contract negotiation.
Francis wanted to capitalize on his name in the UFC, and earn an enormous purse by entering boxing. Francis has been approached by many MMA and boxing organizations, but he is yet to sign a contract.
ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong, who was close to signing a contract with Francis appears to have also backed out. After careful consideration, we decided to not submit our final proposal. Francis is an honest man and a great champion. I wish him success and happiness. Francis and I did not seem to be on the same page in terms of non-financial issues. It’s nothing personal. “It is just a matter of not being in alignment,” said Chatri.
Francis was reportedly given $ 20 million to sign with ONE Championship. This offer was also declined. Francis’ fans have also criticised him for his unachievable contract terms.