A lot has been made over Jon Jones frustrations with the UFC over his pay demands for a superfight against newly installed heavyweight kingpin Francis Ngannou in recent days, but it turns out that ‘The Predator’ has similar thoughts on the matter.
“I believe that Jon Jones wants this fight,” Ngannou told TMZ Sports. “I believe he wants it to happen because it’s gonna be a massive fight, a mega-fight. Basically, one of the biggest. I mean, he’s been around so long, been the champ for a very long time. But I think this might be the biggest fight of his career. (Same as) mine.
“So I think he wants to put something like this on his legacy, on his resumé. So I truly believe he wants this fight to happen.
“As far as the numeration, yeah, he’s asking for money. He said, ‘Show me the money.’ But I think he makes sense. I think (for) a mega-fight, everyone likes to have a mega pay. (So do I). I want that fight, I would like to have a good pay. And every other fighter out there would like that.”
So, despite the apparent trouble brewing between Jones and Dana White, Ngannou feels confident that a deal will eventually be made to enable one of the biggest fights in UFC history will happen.
“There’s nothing irrational in this. Everything is just normal. “We are doing this in order to one day have a big payday. And when (the moment comes), you are like, ‘Okay, I wish I have what I want.’
“I believe in it, and ‘show the money,’ for me, proves that yes, he really wants (the fight). And if you ‘show the money,’ he’s gonna fight.”