Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones continue war of words with UFC heavyweight champion labelling his rival a ‘decision fighter’ – before ‘Bones’ fires back by insisting his rival is just ‘a one-trick pony’
- The grudge between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones continued on social media
- UFC heavyweight kingpin Ngannou accused Jones of being a ‘decision fighter’
- ‘Bones’ fired back in the war of words by labelling his rival as a ‘one-trick pony’
- A proposed super-fight between them collapsed due to Jones’ alleged demands
Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones have continued their verbal sparring match with the UFC heavyweight champion labelling his rival a ‘decision fighter’.
Former light heavyweight kingpin Jones and Ngannou have exchanged a series of barbs in recent days with a proposed super-fight between them collapsing.
‘Bones’ remains desperate to take on Ngannou in the Octagon despite negotiations stalling with the promotion – and the continuing spat has further fuelled tensions.
Francis Ngannou (left) has labelled Jon Jones (right) a decision fighter as their spat continues
The first post of the recent exchange came from Ngannou, who said: ‘You’re a decision fighter @JonnyBones and you’ve barely won a fight lately.
‘But you’re going to break me out.’
Jones’ last three fights may have all gone to a decision, but the 33-year-old defended his credentials by insisting he ‘carried the record for most submissions in the light heavyweight division for many years’.
He went on to add: ‘You are what we call a one trick pony @francis_ngannou, every champion I’ve ever faced punched hard. I see right through you.’
The barb from Ngannou which provoked Jones saw him accuse Jones of ‘barely’ winning lately
Jones swiped back on Twitter by calling Ngannou a ‘one trick pony’ as the two remain bickering
It looked as though Ngannou would go on to face Jones after beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260
Jones also insisted in another tweet that he would ‘rather be a decision fighter than a last for two rounds fighter’.
It appears Bones has attempted to lower the temperature, however, after then explaining his respect for Ngannou and his journey to the top.
UFC supremo Dana White revealed at UFC 261 that Derrick Lewis is the next opponent for Ngannou after failing to thrash out an agreement with Jones.
Jones last fought over a year ago, when he earned a unanimous points decision against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, and has taken time out to gain weight in order to make the step up to heavyweight.
Before UFC 260, it appeared that the winner of Francis Ngannou’s showdown with Stipe Miocic would go on to defend their strap against Jones.
‘Bones’ has insisted he would ‘rather be a decision fighter than a last for two rounds fighter’
It appeared Jones tried to ease tensions by then explaining that he ‘really’ respects Ngannou
Dana White accused Jones of demanding a £20million fee in order to face off against Ngannou
Jones quickly took to social media to ask UFC supremo White where he ‘heard that number’
But after Ngannou’s second round triumph, and with a mouth-watering encounter on the cards, talks between Bones and the UFC soured.
White claimed that Jones demanded around £20million in order to take up the fight – but the allegation was vehemently denied.
It is the ten-figure pay day that White has alluded to which will likely see Jones miss out on scrapping with Ngannou in a pay-per-view spectacle.
As a result, despite his remarkable new frame, it is unclear how or when the Albuquerque man will make his awaited heavyweight debut.
Jones has been bulking up as he targets his heavyweight UFC debut after taking the step up
In the meantime, Jones’ transformation has left UFC fanatics stunned – and the superstar revealed his bulking will only stop when he is bigger than Ngannou.
‘Right now, we’re just training. We’re training and just focusing on things we can control, which is being in the best shape and I think me just getting in shape sells the fight even more,’ Jones told FightHype.
‘People want to see two titans and Francis is already a titan and I’m trying to become a titan. I want to look like a titan.
‘I want to be the same size as this guy if not bigger when we get out there. I’ve got a lot of work to do. Hopefully, the fight happens. We’ve just got to stay focused, stay training, and see what the UFC is going to do on their part.’
Jones opted to shift to heavyweight after triumphing over two generations of contenders at 205 pounds to reign supreme.