Jon Jones tells Steve-O that Francis Ngannou could ‘knock him the f*** out’

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Jon Jones tells Steve-O that Francis Ngannou could ‘knock him the f*** out’

Jon Jones has admitted even though Francis Ngannou could ‘knock him the f*** out’, he is still confident he can beat him.

After dismantling Jairzinho Rozenstruik inside the first round at UFC 249, Ngannou was left in heavyweight purgatory.

At the time, the title situation surrounding Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier remained unclear, with the next best option laying prone next to him on the canvas.

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Francis Ngannou may finally get his hands on Jon Jones

After watching Ovince St-Preux make his heavyweight debut, Jones appeared to have the perfect scenario for fans of MMA everywhere and offered to move up to fight ‘The Predator’.

However, negotiations proved difficult given the financial limitations placed on the UFC in the midst of the global pandemic and ‘Bones’ walked away from the sport completely.

But after speaking to MMA fan and former Jackass star Steve-O on his podcast, it appears as though the former light-heavyweight champion is still keen to make the move up to heavyweight and face the hard-hitting Ngannou.

“With Francis Ngannou, it’s very simple,” Jones said. “Get comfortable with the worst-case scenario.

Jon Jones is one of the greatest UFC fighters in history

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Jon Jones is one of the greatest UFC fighters in history

“Worst-case scenario he knocks you the f*** out, he possibly fractures a bone in your face. That’s the worst-case scenario.

“You get real comfortable with that idea, and then it becomes easy. If he doesn’t knock you out and break your face, you’re smart, you’re fast, you have a chin, you have great head movement, you can wrestle.

“There’s a lot of ways things can play out. So, I just think about the worst-case scenario, and get yourself mentally to a place where you are walking into that.

“Like, okay, I’m getting ready to go out there and this guy could possibly hurt me tonight.”

Francis Ngannou continues to train amid the COVID-19 outbreak – despite his fight with Jairzinho Rozenstruik getting postponed

After losing to Miocic in January 2018, Ngannou appeared to be losing momentum as the hype train behind him began to grind to a halt.

Yet lightning-fast finishes over Junior dos Santos, Cain Velazquez and Curtis Blaydes proved the Cameroonian is still very much the real deal and Jones appreciates the fight will be hard – for five minutes.

“Francis Ngannou is dangerous, yes,” Jones continued. “I believe he has a chance to knock me the f*** out. Let’s say that out loud.

“But, if I don’t get knocked out, I believe I win that fight. I just gotta get through round one and I win that fight.”





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