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Jon Jones sends a daunting message to UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou: “Remember you’re not a champ until you defend that title”

Jon Jones has sent Francis Ngannou a message after catching word that the reigning UFC heavyweight champion is still holding out for a fight.

After Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic in their rematch at UFC 260 to claim the promotions heavyweight strap, it was expected that his first title defense would come against Jones.

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After all, Jon Jones had vacated his light heavyweight title in the summer of 2020, this while announcing his intentions of making a run at the UFC’s heavyweight throne. However, negotiations between ‘Bones’ and Dana White for the proposed super-fight with ‘The Predator’ hit an immediate snag and the officials quickly moved away from the matchup.

The brash UFC boss most recently suggested that a rematch with Derrick Lewis was the “right fight to make” for Francis Ngannou’s first title defense, but ‘The Predator’ has a different opinion.

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“I want Jon Jones. Oh, definitely,” Ngannou said to TMZ Sports. “I don’t care about what the talks say. I would love that fight. I love that fight. “I’m impressed (with Jones), I know he’s very skilled, very talented, but we are both men.”

A rematch between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis has yet to be made official by the UFC, so there is still hope for a potential Jon Jones super-fight.

With that said, ‘Bones‘ was quick to issue the following words of warning for ‘The Predator’ after catching word of his recent comments.

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“Remember you’re not a champ until you defend that title @francis_ngannou, be careful what you wish for.” – Jones wrote.

Jon Jones (26-1 MMA) has not stepped foot in the Octagon since defeating Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision in February of 2020 at UFC 247. The pound-for-pound great has been making some serious leaps in his transition to heavyweight, as showcased in the photo below.

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Jon Jones on Instagram

Jones recently picked up a new advisor and so there is a chance that a new deal could be struck with the UFC.

Who would you pick to emerge victorious if Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou were to square off in a heavyweight title fight later this year? Share your thoughts in the comment section PENN Nation!

 

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