Dana White thinks Jon Jones would’ve run through Francis Ngannou just as he did Ciryl Gane at UFC 285.
In the main event of UFC 285, Jones submitted Gane in the first round to become the new heavyweight champion. The two were fighting for the vacant belt after Ngannou was released and stripped of the belt after the two sides could not come to an agreement.
Now, after Jones’ win, many fans are hopeful the UFC can get an agreement with Ngannou to make the Jones fight. Yet, White says he isn’t interested in that fight as he believes ‘Bones’ would run through Ngannou.
Dana White on Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones
“I’m not interested (in that fight). I tried making that fight for two years. He didn’t want the fight. Do you know what I mean? He didn’t want the fight. He left here without even having another deal in place. And I know how the boxing world is. It’s crazy,” White said to TMZ Sports.
“But Francis didn’t want to do it. I tried to make that fight for two years, and let me tell you what. I think a lot of other people feel this way. I think that’s exactly the way the fight would’ve gone if (Ngannou) was in there, too. Him and Ciryl had a five-round war. If Ciryl doesn’t go for that submission, Ciryl probably wins that fight at the end of the fifth round there.”
Whether or not Jon Jones would’ve beaten Francis Ngannou as he did Ciryl Gane is uncertain, and something we will likely never know. But, there’s no doubt after Jones’ performance, the fight against Ngannou would’ve been a lot more intriguing given how good Jones looked at heavyweight.
Jon Jones (27-1 and one No Contest) ended his three-year-long layoff to submit Gane in his heavyweight debut. Prior to that, he beat Dominick Reyes by decision and then vacated his light heavyweight title as he looked to make his heavyweight debut.