Dana White Says Jon Jones Will Get the Winner of Miocic vs Ngannou 2

Jon Jones With Francis And Stipe

  • UFC President Dana White says Jon Jones’ next fight is at heavyweight and is “probably” against Miocic vs Ngannou.
  • Miocic and Ngannou will fight for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 260 on March 27th.
  • Jones vacated the light heavyweight title last year and has been preparing for his heavyweight debut.

The likes of Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Cyril Gane or even Derrick Lewis will have to wait. That’s because according to UFC President Dana White, Jon Jones is fighting the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou.

In a recent interview with Sportsnet, White confirmed that the former light heavyweight champion is in line to get a shot at whoever wins UFC 260’s main event. Per White:

“Heavyweight. Jon Jones is going to move to heavyweight. We’re going to have Stipe vs. Francis, and the winner of that will probably fight Jon Jones.”

Sure, White said “probably” but you know he didn’t want to directly “insult” the big boys in the rankings. But given that Jones has already given up the 205-pound belt and has been reported to be at 250-pounds in his recent workouts, there’s a good chance that he’s going to get the first crack at the Miocic-Ngannou 2 winner.

“The guy’s been the king of the light heavyweight division forever. I think he thinks it’s time to move up to heavyweight. He knows his body, he knows his abilities, he knows better than anybody else does. But it’s impressive. Let me tell you, who wants to fight Francis Ngannou? The answer is nobody, okay? Nobody wants to fight that guy. But Jon Jones does. Pretty impressive.”

Completely Jacked Up

It can be recalled that Jones vacated his light heavyweight title last year and hinted on finally making good on his plan to move up to the heavyweight division. Like White said, Jones has been the king of 205-pounds forever and dating back to Cain Velasquez’s reign as champion, Bones has been flirting about making that move. That hasn’t come to fruition, maybe until now.

Jones showed interest to fight Ngannou last year but the UFC had other plans. The UFC finally gave Ngannou the title shot he has long been asking for. The Predator will challenge Miocic for the second time at UFC 260 on March 27th and as of 1/21/21, he is the -175 betting favorite at BetOnline to take the title away from Miocic who is listed as the +150 underdog. If the oddsmakers are correct, Ngannou will face Jones next.

Recently, Jones revealed a completely jacked up 250-pound frame. Of course fans were quick to raise questions about the “new” Jon Jones but the former light heavyweight title is confident that his new size won’t affect his gas tank and that he will have the cardio to outwork his naturally bigger opponents.

The Need for Super Fights

Like all other sports, MMA took a direct hit from the pandemic. In the early part of 2020, White estimated that the UFC stands to lose $100M due to the absence of a live gate. With the situation still not back to normal and with no certainty as to when it will be back, the UFC is trying to bring back its big names in 2021 to help generate PPV money via super fights.

Top PPV draw Conor McGregor will headline the UFC’s third event of 2021 at Fight Island as The Notorious will take on Dustin Poirier at the main event of UFC 256 on Saturday. That event is a guaranteed PPV hit. Then next will be UFC 260 which will feature the return of Ngannou against Miocic and that is expected to be a PPV hit as well. But with McGregor possibly fighting inside the boxing ring next, White needs another big fight to continue the momentum and one involving Jon Jones would be the ideal choice.

Jon Jones has headlined four PPV events that fetched 700,000+ buys. This includes his first and second bouts against Daniel Cormier. There’s no question that Jon Jones is one of the UFC’s top PPV draws and just like they needed McGregor back, the UFC also needs Jones to fight soon.

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