Morning Report: Francis Ngannou is not bothered about Jon Jones’ Twitter drama. ‘He has many personalities.


Francis Ngannou has no time for Jon Jones’ verbal jabs.

The former UFC heavyweight champion recently found himself catching some strays during what could have been his UFC 285 fight week. Jones is set to finally make his divisional debut in the land of giants when challenging for the vacant title opposite Ciryl Gane on Saturday night. Ngannou was unable to reach a new agreement with the promotion and the fight was created. He left in January.

Ngannou planted his stance firmly upon initially becoming champion in March 2021, wishing for better overall treatment when it came to compensation and freedom to explore other opportunities outside the UFC. Jones was supportive of “The Predator’s” choice at first until recently claiming Ngannou “didn’t believe in himself” in a hypothetical dream matchup. Jones has since explained his change of tone with a tweet, stating he heard Ngannou say he’ll “forever be champion because no one beat him,” prompting a response from Ngannou.

“Personallly, I have no problem with Jon Jones,” Ngannou stated to MMA Junkie . “I think we all know that Jon Jones has multiple personalities, and sometimes it’s even hard for him to figure out who he really is and I don’t have nothing to do with that.

“I think in this fight we could have been on the same side, instead of like fighting against each other, which is exactly what the system wants. You know, to divide the most, to conquer. So, I’m not really into that game. It’s clear to me what is happening. I know ?”


When the news surrounding the heavyweight division’s peak was announced, UFC President Dana White revealed Ngannou was offered the largest heavyweight contract in promotional history, which Ngannou later confirmed to be “around $8 million.” Ultimately, that contract went to Jones when renegotiating for the Gane bout, according to his manager Richard Schaeffer.

“I’m happy I got what I wanted,” Ngannou said. “Hopefully, they get what they want. He’ll be able to make peace with the things he had that had changed his mind. But I am happy. I don’t have the time to spend on drama. I just have a beautiful future ahead of me and I’m going to be focused on that and be grateful for what life has offered me.”

Ngannou’s immediate future is yet to be decided, but his goal is to have a professional boxing match before returning to MMA. There have been discussions about possible matches against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Ngannou also notes that there are some deals in place with Ngannou, which he intends to compete during the summer.

As for Jones vs. Gane, Ngannou’s final UFC win came over Gane via unanimous decision in January 2022. Although the former champion believes there are cases to be won by either fighter, he thinks it all depends on “Bones”, his weight after three years of being out of the Octagon.

“This fight can go either way,” Ngannou said. Jon Jones is facing a tough opponent in Ciryl Gane. Jon Jones is an exceptional fighter, as we all know. So, it depends, what Jon are we talking about? It depends on the Jon Jones that’s going to show up that night.

“I think if Jon Jones shows up, it’s going to be a rough night for Ciryl. Once again, Jon Jones, you don’t really know what’s happening with Jon Jones. We’ll wait to see. We will wait and see if he comes.


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No kidding.

Beautiful mathematics in MMA.




Yep. It was true.


How thoughtful.

Checked in.


Back in the gym.

Email looks.

On set.

Brunson’s favorites.


Shot caller.


Happy Bisping day.


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Ugh. Although I still love Gane’s fight, this makes me want to see Ngannou vs. Jones even more.

Thanks for reading and happy hump day, chaps!


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