Francis Ngannou has been linked with former UFC champion Jon Jones for a while as the latter announced he would be moving up to heavyweight. Fans have been wanting to see the fight ever since the fight became a possibility.
Francis Ngannou had Jones on his mind at one point and was expecting to fight him in his first UFC title defense. Now it looks like a fight won't happen for a very long time.
“Personally I don’t really care about that anymore,” said Ngannou in an interview with MMA Junkie. “There is a lot of talk about Jon Jones. He says a lot of things, yet we are still here. I wasn’t even expecting to fight someone other than Jon Jones after the Stipe fight, but here I am. It’s almost 10 months away, I’m going to fight Ciryl Gane which wasn’t in the picture, in the landscape at that moment at all.”
“What Jon Jones says and what Jon Jones does is two different things and I can’t bet on that,” Ngannou continued. “I can’t put my money on that. I just do what I’m going to do and we don’t know what the future holds for us. It’s not something that I’m running against anymore.”
It is unclear if Jon Jones will ever fight again in the UFC after all of his legal trouble a few months ago. Many will be hoping he can fight against Francis Ngannou if he is able to come back to the promotion.