Jon Jones has revealed he would rather fight reigning heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou instead of interim defending champion Ciryl Gane.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Jon Jones said:
“I think that changes what the salary will be [if Ciryl Gane beats Francis Ngannou]. I don’t think it’s a mega-fight [me vs. Gane]… I think he’s talented and he’s great for the sport, he’s very marketable. But it’s still relatively unknown to the general public and so I’m excited about either challenge. I think they present two completely different puzzles. But yes, Francis is definitely a bigger star. It will be a lot of money lost if Francis loses, but I don’t care who wins the fight, I just want the championship. “
Jones explained that a victory for Ngannou would benefit him and the UFC as well. “The Predator” is the biggest star in the heavyweight division, and a fight against him is guaranteed to pay off more than against Gane. Jones also believes that ‘Bon Gamin’, while talented, has yet to establish itself as a household name.
Watch his full interview below:
Jon Jones was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with Georges St-Pierre
Jon Jones was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. ‘Bones’ is now part of the elite ‘Fight Wing’ group.
He has shown gratitude to his family, fans and fellow fighters for his enigmatic career. He also thanked Alexander Gustafsson and reflected on his fight with “The Mauler” at UFC 165. Jon Jones said:
“It was such a tough fight, and I guess I’ll take this moment to say thank you to Alex, for being a part of that. Alex taught me a lot about myself and it’s rare when we let’s find that adversity in our lives that we can get over it and… It’s like this fight with Alexander Gustafsson is the hardest I’ve had to do in my years, both mentally and physically. “
Watch Jon Jones’ full speech at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony below: