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Francis Ngannou Reveals why Jon Jones fight is Important for him

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates after defeating Junior Dos Santos of Brazil by TKO in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event

Francis Ngannou has revealed that he is open to fighting Jon Jones. However, he also doesn’t want to hold up the queue for any other possible contenders, including Derrick Lewis.

After claiming the heavyweight title at UFC 260, Ngannou turned his attention towards a potential fight with Jon Jones. Even though he wants to fight, he is also aware of Jones’ public dispute with the UFC over his pay.

In a recent Twitter tirade, Jones ranted for an improved contract and even included a request for his release from the promotion. Ngannou has since expressed his empathy for Jones and feels that “for a mega-fight, everyone would like to have mega pay.

In his interview with MMAFighting, Ngannou revealed that he is also open to fighting other contenders as well. “There’s a lot of good fights out there. The roster right now is full of good contenders that you can eventually want to fight.” Here, he also expresses his want to stay active and fight consistently.

He doesn’t want to be inactive and deny somebody a shot at the title. In the past two years, he has only fought twice and doesn’t want the same to happen again.

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I tried to have this fight a long time ago but understood it wasn’t my call,” Ngannou said in reference to Jones. He understands that his obligation is to defend the title and keep the division moving.

Whilst, he hasn’t completely ruled out the fight, Ngannou is confident they’ll eventually cross paths. Furthermore, he talks about who he could end up fighting for his first title defense.

Francis Ngannou punches Junior Dos Santos in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event. (Credit: Getty Images)

There’s so much fights out there for instance with Derrick Lewis since we never give the fans what they were expecting to see.” Lewis won the bout via a unanimous decision the last time around. The fight was largely uninspired and had a lackluster conclusion.

Ultimately, Ngannou wants to add to his legacy and become the best. Hence, he recognizes that he has some unfinished business that needs to be settled with Lewis. Whoever Ngannou faces, he will be working hard as he looks to cement himself as one of the greatest of all time.

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