As if Jon Jones needed anymore motivation to fight Francis Ngannou, apparently now he’s doing it for America?
Jones rattled off a minor tweet flurry on Thursday, targeting the UFC heavyweight champion with a series of messages capped off by a vow to bring the heavyweight title back to the U.S. (Ngannou was born in Cameroon and he began his fighting career in France).
“The Predator” won the belt with the Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture team in his corner, but that apparently matters little to Jones, who said he wrote, “The greatest title in the world is coming back to the greatest country in the world.”
Ran through the light heavyweight division on talent, about to run through the heavyweight division like dominoes off pure hard work— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2021
Motivate me more @francis_ngannou— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2021
The greatest title in the world is coming back to the greatest country in the world.— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2021
Jones also added, “If you think you are going to run through America, you are wrong.”
If you think you are going to run through America, you are wrong.— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2021
Jones’ tweets don’t seem to specify what comments Ngannou may have made recently to set him off, but Ngannou did recently suggest that he would defend his title against Jones first and then pursue a boxing bout with Tyson Fury.
In a response to Jones, Ngannou indicated his possible opponent should keep his eye on the ball.
I shouldn’t have to motivate you Jonny...if it’s not in you already you’ve already lost. I know my motivation https://t.co/YzPZgimlWR— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) April 30, 2021
A UFC heavyweight championship bout has been discussed publicly between Jones and Ngannou since 2019, but seems unlikely to occur anytime soon with the negotiations having reached a standstill according to UFC President Dana White. White has suggested that top contender Derrick Lewis is most likely to be Ngannou’s first challenger. Lewis holds a decision win over Ngannou from UFC 226 in July 2018.