It seems the much-talked about super fight between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and hard-hitting Heavyweight contender, Francis Ngannou, has hit a speed bump.
During a recent barrage of tweets, “Bones” revealed that the promotion failed to pony up the cash to make the fight a reality. Furthermore, the 205-pound kingpin channeled his inner-Conor McGregor by teasing an extended leave of absence and that it would now be red panty night for the division.
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And that’s that?
Earlier today (Thurs., May 21, 2020), Jones added another demand for a potential bout against “The Predator,” stating that if he was going to move up to Heavyweight, he would only do so if there was a title on the line. Currently, Stipe Miocic is the 265-pound champion and is in line to defend it against Daniel Cormier, so perhaps the promotion wasn't feeling an interim belt.
Of course, this could all be a bit of a ruse just to get a reaction from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. If not, well then it seems Ngannou will have to look elsewhere for a fight and the promotion may have to start considering an interim title fight at 205 pounds ... just in case.
You know Mark Hunt is going to have a field day with this one.