UFC: Jon Jones mad after negotiations for Ngannou fight go south

Paola Ditto
Mag 23, 2020

In recent days Jon Jones appeared to be entertaining the idea of possibly moving up to heavyweight to fight Francis Ngannou, but he's now made it clear there's no chance of it happening unless his financial demands are met.

Jones, in a series of Tweets on Thursday, said he was in negotiations with the UFC "as we speak" about a future fight. Less than an hour later, though, things seemed to take a very different turn. So, he's walking away. Once again it was a close fight, with one judge even giving Santos the win.

It's unclear what specifically went down in those negotiations.

Ngannou, who has been waiting for a rematch with champion Stipe Miocic, quickly joined Jones in calling out the UFC for standing in the way of the potential superfight.

Ngannou was also disgruntled, but not quite as sharply as Jones.

Though there are a still a few fights for him at light heavyweight, the longtime 205-pound champion has been teasing a move to heavyweight for the past couple of years. He even hinted at doing so for a fight against Stipe Miocic a year ago, but that never came to fruition.

Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou's attempts to press the UFC into a blockbuster bout appear to have fizzled after the UFC apparently balked at the price tag.

Ngannou, 33, comes from a 20-second knockout by Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249 on May 9. The win marked his fourth-straight. The 32-year-old hasn't lost in more than a decade, with the only smudge on his resume being a no contest draw against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in 2017. The two fighters have spent the last two weeks trading barbs on social media.

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