Francis Ngannou Believes Tyson Fury Boxing Match Makes Future Jon Jones Fight Even 'Bigger'
When Francis Ngannou departed the UFC, a lot of questions needed to be answered.
Amongst all of the uncertainty over what Ngannou would do next, fans were left with disappointment about one fight that got away. That was the prospect of “The Predator” defending the heavyweight belt against the returning Jon Jones, a matchup that now sits as one of the biggest to get away.
With “Bones” now owning Ngannou’s previously held title, the prospect of seeing the consensus greatest of all time take on the hardest hitter we have ever seen in MMA seems further away than ever before.
But despite the distance between the two in terms of their current career paths, Ngannou said on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast that he is still optimistic about it happening one day.
“I’m disappointed, too, but that fight is still possible,” Ngannou insisted. “I think we both are down for it. I left the UFC but that doesn’t mean that this fight cannot happen.”
Ngannou: Fury Match Only Makes Future Jones Fight ‘Bigger’
As well as everything he gained in signing with the PFL, a big reason for Ngannou’s UFC departure was his desire to compete in boxing. On October 28, he will face Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fight that many are happy to see him get but aren’t too optimistic about his chances in.
Although Ngannou’s UFC exit and upcoming contest with Fury appears to have placed a bout with Jones in the fantasy realm, the former UFC heavyweight champion believes that his boxing match will only make a potential future fight with Jones even “bigger.”
Regardless of whether he wins or loses, everyone will be talking about the heavyweight clash, and with that is sure to come more conversation surrounding the fight that got away.
“It will just make that fight bigger. Like, imagine me and Jon Jones fighting after the Tyson Fury fight, the one or the second one, it just gets that fight bigger and bigger,” Ngannou said. “So that fight will always be there when both of us want to fight. Now, it’s a matter of our contractual situation.”
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