Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones

Francis Ngannou defied the odds, quite literally, when he defended his UFC heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane. He cashed in as the underdog despite being a more decorated boxer and beat Gane at his own game, a grappling competition that included several Ngannou knockdowns.

Oh, and he allegedly did it on a torn MCL.

So how about now? Ngannou seems to have conquered the sport, costing Gane the first fight of his career as his UFC future is in doubt due to contract negotiations. However, there’s always the idea of ​​Jon Jones going to fight him.

‘Bones’ Jones hasn’t fought since 2020, when he defended his Light Heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes, but later vacated the belt in hopes of moving up to Heavyweight. He was expected to be Ngannou’s next opponent after winning the belt in 2021 from Stipe Miocic, but momentum stopped last year.

There are a lot of complications when it comes to getting these two into the octagon together, including Ngannou’s impending rehabilitation on his knee, but if these two do fight, what are the odds?

I was shocked to see Ngannou as the underdog in the last match (it is yet to be confirmed that he injured his knee) and he proved to be worthy of bets with his decisive win.

He will now move into his rightful place as a substantial chalk ahead of Jones. I don’t believe there’s any reason to bet against Jones, or make him outbid, as he is gaining weight for the first time in his career and hasn’t fought in over two years now.

While Jones may have had time to adjust to his new weight class, it is far too long for a boxer of Ngannou’s caliber. We also saw another type of ‘Predator’ during his title defense against Gane, which saw him impose his will with knockdowns.

While Jones is a star wrestler, boasting a 95% knockdown defense while averaging close to two every 15 minutes, he will face the biggest challenge of his career, who presented an emerging grappling game.

This is Ngannou’s weight class and if he finds a new deal with the UFC and makes a full recovery, he’ll get Jones under control and have another win.

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John Verrall

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