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Jon Jones Reacts to Francis Ngannou’s Win at UFC 260, Trades Barbs with Dana White – MMA Root



Jones chose to move to heavyweight for a moment like this.

The intense knockout of Francis Ngano by Stipe Miocic in the UFC 260 title set the stage for a potentially profitable match with Jones. Jones left his 205kg belt last year, and it was generally expected that “Bones” would get the first crack in Saturday’s race winner.

“Show me the money,” Jones’s initial reaction to Ngannou’s victory was on Twitter.

Ngannou, meanwhile, seemed ready to close the match in his post-match interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“Jones is the best mixed martial arts player of all time and the one that goes up is a challenge I would take and put it on my record would be great for my resume,” Ngannu said. “This time he will be the opponent, I am the champion.

“I’m ready. Anytime. If it ‘s summer, I’ll read in July or August.”

When Jones’s original tweet was broadcast to Dana White at the post-match press conference, things went awry as the UFC president questioned Jones’ willingness to step up and face an opponent as intimidating as Ngannou.

“If I’m Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I’m starting to move to 185,” White said sadly. “Listen, I could sit here all day and [ask] you, “What does” Show me the money “mean?” I tell you all this time: You can say you want to fight someone, but do you really want to? “

Jones, in turn, responded to White’s comments via Twitter.

“Go to 185?” Jones wrote. “I did not gain all this weight for no reason.”

Jones was quite visible on social media in his attempt to prepare for the heavyweight transition, working in the weight room to achieve a goal of about 245 pounds. When Jones began thinking seriously about moving to heavyweights last year, he and White clashed over financial terms. Later, however, White said he and the fighter were in a good place.

According to White, Jones can fight Nganu as soon as he is ready. He then urged Jones to call on UFC Executive Vice President Hunter Campbell, who is usually better off with the former champion than the White One.

“It sounds serious then, John. Call Hunter now. “We can do this fight tonight, Jon,” White said. “Call Hunter now. Derrick Lewis is the fight he has to do, but if Jon Jones really wants this fight… Listen, it’s one thing to go out and tweet and say you want it and ‘I put on the weight and I did it and this”. Do you want the fight? I promise, we can call Derrick Lewis or one of those other heavyweights and they want the fight.

“If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can win the fight. All he has to do is call and do it. I said, it’s easy to say you want the fight, but if you really want the fight. Francis Ngannou is the world heavyweight champion right now. All he has to do is pick up the phone and call Hunter and we can complete the deal. “

While Ngannou is undoubtedly one of the most formidable knockout artists in the history of the sport, Jones continued to challenge the idea that he would not want to fight the new champion. A match between Ngannou and Jones is probably the biggest match the bid could make in 2021, and “Bones” wants to be properly compensated.

“If anyone is wondering if I really want to fight, the answer is yes. “I also really want to get paid,” Jones wrote. “I left the light heavyweight category, I literally gained a huge weight. And now people say I’m scared? Everyone but me claims to be scared. All I asked was to get paid.

“Why should a fighter be afraid of the second one who says he wants to pay for it? What an insult, he continued. “Conor McGregor wants big money, it ‘s expected. Jon Jones wants money, now he is [scared].

“People are wondering why I left my belt at the age of 33. I worked my extremities, I gained all this weight. He never lost a fight. Now I am suddenly scared. What nonsense. “

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