Francis Ngannou isn’t holding his breath for a long-awaited and deeply requested fight with Jon Jones. The appetite for a UFC heavyweight championship bout between Ngannou and Jones only grew after Ngannou’s victory over interim champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, hasn’t set foot in a UFC cage since February 2020. He has, however, been very active on social media. During a recent podcast appearance, Ngannou suggested that Jones’ priorities might not just be about returning to the UFC.
“I think the first thing we need to know is whether Jon Jones is going to fight or not,” Ngannou said on by Bruce Buffer IT’S TIME podcast. “Because actually there’s a better fight on Twitter than in the Octagon. The past has shown that in the heavyweight division they can wait a year for a title defense… We’ve had a title defense [per year] in the heavyweight division for a long time, so I don’t think that’s the problem.”
Shak’s review: Ngannou vs. Jones is in a weird place. Promotionally, the fight makes more sense than ever. The heavyweights lack a clear suitor and Ngannou successfully defended his championship in a division with historically limited success for champions. Unfortunately, Jones’ return to the UFC is still in flux and Ngannou remains tied to contract disputes with UFC President Dana White and his company.
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- Kevin Lee is moving camps. Once considered a favorite to become UFC lightweight champion, Lee is now on a 2-5 drop since April 2018. No longer on the UFC roster, Lee is looking to reinvent himself in the Eagle FC by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Lee recently said MMA enthusiast that he is changing sides to Sanford MMA in Fort Lauderdale. “I feel like now I’m getting this fresh start that I really need: new promotion, new team, new place to live, new training environment,” Lee said. “Although it was hard to leave Las Vegas and all of my sparring partners and coaches that I grew up with over the years, it’s an exciting new part of my life to begin.”
- Shak’s review: If anyone can pull Lee out of his recent woes, it’s Sanford MMA. Led by Henri Hooft and Greg Jones, the camp turned Kamaru Usman, Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns and Derek Brunson, among others, into serious divisional threats.
- Jake Paul says many of the UFC’s top athletes are quietly behind him in his plea against White. Paul released a dissenting piece slandering White’s business practices and unfair treatment of fighters. Paul sympathizes with fighters who are reluctant to speak out publicly against the promotion. “There are a lot of fighters – a lot of great UFC fighters – who private message me and say, ‘We love this, it’s hilarious. Keep it up, but I can’t support this publicly.'” , said Paul. said Monday MMA hour. “I don’t want them to sacrifice themselves… They have to put food on their family’s table. Like I said earlier, I happen to have a platform to be able to do that. So I accept responsibility and I’m going to I’ve made this decision I’m going to go to war and I won’t back down no matter what I don’t need UFC fighters to support this.
- Shak’s review: Paul is the epitome of professional wrestling in MMA and boxing. He entered the picture as a brat and a bully, leveraging his fanbase and brash personality in boxing’s big paydays. This transformation into a vocal, high-profile defender of fighters’ rights has won over many of his critics. Paul will straddle the line between good and bad (also called tweener) when circumstances require; however, it appears his personal relationship with combat athletes has reinvigorated a desire to support historically underpaid and contract-cuffed fighters.
- Paul Daley is ready to lay down his gloves for good. Daley announced on Monday’s episode of MMA hour that he intends to retire from the sport in front of his compatriots. Daley, 38, is due to fight for Bellator on May 13 in the UK against an opponent to be announced. “This will be my retirement fight… After many years in the game, the hours on the road, the hours in the gym, the years have caught up with me and now every morning I wake up with a bad back, and I ‘ I’m just tired,” said Daley, a 19-year-old MMA veteran. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the sport and I’m able to retire, thankfully. So yeah, I’m going to retire. I don’t want to be one of those fighters who get knocked out all the time by the guys. younger I want to be a guy who goes out when I want to go out.
- Shak’s review: Kudos to Daley. His last fight will be his 88th professional combat sports fight (64 in MMA, 24 in kickboxing). The Bellator, Strikeforce and UFC veteran is the author of several memorable moments during his career. He threw with Nick Diaz and Sabah Homasi, and tried to punch Josh Kosheck after their UFC fight in 2010. He beat Jorge Masvidal, Martin Kampmann and Lorenz Larkin, and landed 34 knockouts in MMA.