There is something about a fighter moving up to take on the most dominant fighter in that division that gravitates the fans. And that’s why Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou is arguably the biggest super fights that can happen right now.
The light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones has fought fighters over multiple generations and still has an unbeaten record if you ignore the loss to Matt Hammil. Many even believe that no one in the 205 division can find the cheek in Jones’ armor.
Even though contenders such as Dominick Reyes came very close to dethrone Jon Jones, the light heavyweight champion found a way to win. However, it can not be guaranteed that Jones will have the same outcome if he goes against the scariest heavyweight ever, Francis Ngannou.
Blessed with superhuman knockout power, Francis Ngannou is a problem for anybody in the heavyweight division. The only fighter who has weathered the storm against Ngannou and dominated him for five rounds is the heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic. But Ngannou has been on a path of destruction ever since.
UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones reveals how he can beat Francis Ngannou, acknowledges the threat Ngannou brins to the table
In an interview with Steve-O, Jon Jones broke down the fight with Nagnnou and stated:
“With Francis Ngannou, it’s very simple. Get comfortable with the worst-case scenario. Worst-case scenario he knocks you the f–k out, he possibly fractures a bone in your face. That’s the worst-case scenario. You get real comfortable with that idea, and then it becomes easy. If he doesn’t knock you out and break your face, you’re smart, you’re fast, you have a chin, you have great head movement, you can wrestle. There’s a lot of ways things can play out. So, I just think about the worst-case scenario, and get yourself mentally to a place where you are walking into that. Like, okay, I’m getting ready to go out there and this guy could possibly hurt me tonight.”
Even if Jones is aware of the threat Ngannou brings into the table, Jones does have a gameplan to dismantle the heavyweight. Jones believes that if he does not get finished in the early minutes, he will get his hands raised against Ngannou. Jones continued:
“Francis Ngannou is dangerous, yes. I believe he has a chance to knock me the f–k out. Let’s say that out loud,” he explained. “But, if I don’t get knocked out, I believe I win that fight. I just gotta get through round one and I win that fight.”
Ngannou is the most lethal in the first round. However, very few have gone past the first round against Ngannou. And Miocic not only took the best shot of Ngannou he dominated him after the first round. So the formula to beat Ngannou is already out there. But, when you are going against someone with that KO power the fight can get stopped at any moment.
Who do you think gets the job done if Jones fights Ngannou?