Jon Jones going heavyweight for a confrontation with terrifying knockout artist Francis Ngannou would undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated fights in 2020.
While UFC President Dana White has doubts about continuing the fight, this followed Jones’ statement that the promotion was unwilling to raise the stakes for a paycheck worthy of To face Ngannou, it is impossible not to think about how this match would unfold.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic would certainly be interested in this fight as Ngannou is already widely regarded as the No. 1 competitor in the division. Add to that Miocic was the first person to hand Ngannou a defeat at the UFC when they met in 2018.
Because Jones is widely regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, Miocic would no doubt welcome this challenge as well. This is why he would like to see this fight come to fruition if the UFC could reach an agreement to get Jones against Ngannou.
“It would be a good fight,” Miocic told MMA Fighting. “Interesting match. I think anyone fighting [Ngannou] is a tough fight because it is so explosive and it hits very hard. It’s the only equalizer.
“He may not be as solid technically as Jon Jones, but he has power.”
Miocic knew this power when he went 25 minutes with Ngannou to UFC 220
He may have avoided the knockout, but Miocic knows the kind of power that Ngannou puts behind every blow he throws. Even Ngannou’s looks left Miocic with cuts and bruises all over his face after the fight ended.
It’s for this reason that Miocic warns Jones or anyone stepping inside the Octagon to fight with Ngannou because making a single mistake against him could be fatal.
“I really think [Jones] can win with a great game plan, but like I said, anything can happen, “said Miocic. “You wear little gloves, a heavyweight division, a guy who throws bombs. Anything can happen honestly. “
It remains to be seen if the UFC will return to the game as Jones and Ngannou appear more than ready to sign on the dotted line once a financial agreement has been reached.
As for Miocic, he awaits his own return to action with a planned trilogy against Daniel Cormier which should be his next challenge and perhaps he can expect a rematch with Ngannou or a super-fight with Jones.
“I will fight before the end of the year, no doubt,” said Miocic. ” 100 per cent. “