If Jon Jones ever makes a move up to heavyweight, he could already have a marquee opponent waiting for him.
During Wednesday’s UFC Jacksonville co-main event between Ben Rothwell and Ovince Saint Preux, the light heavyweight champion noted that he could picture himself transitioning to heavyweight as “OSP” was doing for the first time in his UFC career.
Man it was weird seeing OSP fight at heavyweight, made it seem so much more real for me. Especially knowing he was at 240lbs. With a little more cardio, he would’ve been I was visualizing myself as him that whole fight— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 14, 2020
Jones defeated Saint Preux to win an interim light heavyweight title four years ago and seeing Saint Preux fighting Rothwell, he suggested that the possibility of fighting at heavyweight “so much more real to me” and that “I was visualizing myself as [Saint Preux] that whole fight.”
Seemed so real Francis, all that power means nothing when your hay makers are too slow. I’m not most my friend https://t.co/co6uSqzRSm— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 14, 2020
On Thursday, Jones followed up on the conversation, openly asking who is considered the “quicker and more technical striker” between Ngannou and recent Jones title challenger Thiago Santos.
Who would you guys consider the quicker and more technical striker Thiago Santos or Francis? If you guys think I wouldn’t take this fight you’re insane. I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I’d love that big money fight right around now. Send the deal— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 14, 2020
Jones successfully defended his title against Santos via split decision last July.
“If you guys think I wouldn’t take this fight you’re insane,” Jones wrote in reference to Ngannou. “I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I’d love that big money fight right around now. Send the deal.”
Francis bro . Your skill set is undeniable . Francis is big and strong . His power is a game changer. I can see both of you guys inserting your will. I’m here for it ! https://t.co/okMWoRp5Ql— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 14, 2020
Love it!! This is gonna happen— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) May 14, 2020
Currently, Jones is without a clear-cut No. 1 contender though rematches with Santos and Dominick Reyes have been discussed. The 32-year-old has frequently mentioned going up a division in the past, but has yet to commit to such a move.
UPDATE: Ngannou responded to Jones’s callout Tuesday afternoon and it sounds like there is a mutual interest in doing business.