Two weeks after vacating the UFC light heavyweight title, Jones on Monday pitched a title shot for his first heavyweight fight, arguing he’s a much more attractive opponent that Francis Ngannou, who’s been promised the next crack at champ Stipe Miocic.
Using his preferred method of communication, Jones took to Twitter to lay out his case.
Stipe doesn’t want to fight Francis again because the first fight really wasn’t close— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
Looking at it from Stipe’s point of view, fighting Francis again is definitely more of a lose situation than a win.— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
Stipe asked for a new challenge, why not fight the light heavyweight goat? Besides we’re way closer in size. What’s more exciting than that?— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
By the time he heals up my body weight should be right where it needs to be. This fight lines up perfectly— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
Stipe versus Francis is high risk low reward. Stipe versus myself actually makes a lot of sense for both of us. Now you actually have a super fight. Stipe loses the fight is gone— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
Jones recently has been bulking up in preparation for his move up to heavyweight. He relinquished the belt after a dispute over pay with UFC President Dana White as he teased a potential fight with Ngannou.
The consensus No. 1 light heavyweight of all time was most recently seen in the cage versus Dominick Reyes, whom he defeated via unanimous decision to notch the third defense of his third reign as champion.
Jones apparently picked up on recent news about former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who recently became a free agent after another stint with the WWE. He’s previously toyed with the idea of a fight against the pro-wrestling champ.
Brock I’ll beatcho ass too— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
White has said Ngannou will get the next shot at Miocic, who earlier this month defended the belt with a trilogy win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252. Miocic recently declared a rematch with Ngannou “isn’t exciting” two years after he handed the Cameroonian fighter a lopsided loss at UFC 220.
Ngannou recently took to Twitter to clap back at Jones after the light-heavy great live-tweeted Miocic vs. Cormier 3 and afterward wrote, “heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon.”
Jones, 33, was once in line to fight Miocic for the heavyweight title. The promotion was discussing a potential superfight between the two at UFC 219 before a positive drug test reversed Jones’ title defense over then-light heavyweight Cormier at UFC 214, resulting in the second stripping of his title.