Despite the fact that Francis Ngannou has yet to sign a new UFC contract, Cameroonian heavyweight head coach Eric Nixic believes the reigning UFC champion could still face Jon Jones in March.
“I think it’s 50/50, considering the time frame and the business side of the issue,” the American specialist said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “Based on how fit Francis was a couple of weeks ago, if we had to prepare for March, we could do it, but there is not enough time because he had to return home to extend his visa.”
“And obviously they still haven’t said anything about his contract and how things are going, so it’s 50/50 for me. I’m hoping we can get a deal, fingers crossed. If it’s not March, then maybe April or May, something like that. I know they are set for March and that the opponent is Jon Jones. Everything else is out of my control, but if they tell me, ‘Hey, we’re fighting on March 4’, I’ll prepare our guy, that’s for sure “
According to the UFC plan, a heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones is set to headline UFC 285 in Las Vegas on March 4, however, rumors that the Predator has become a free agent, as well as a PFL jersey on the Cameroonian’s mom, make us doubt that this scenario will certainly be realized.