In a new series of posts on social media, Jon Jones has made the case for why heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic should avoid a rematch with Francis Ngannou in favor of fighting him instead.
“Stipe doesn’t want to fight Francis again because the first fight really wasn’t close,” said Jones, who recently vacated the light-heavyweight title with the intention of moving up to heavyweight.
“Looking at it from Stipe’s point of view, fighting Francis again is definitely more of a lose situation than a win.
“Stipe asked for a new challenge, why not fight the light heavyweight goat? Besides we’re way closer in size. What’s more exciting than that?
“By the time he heals up my body weight should be right where it needs to be. This fight lines up perfectly.
“Stipe versus Francis is high risk low reward. Stipe versus myself actually makes a lot of sense for both of us. Now you actually have a super fight. Stipe loses the fight is gone.
“Stipe doesn’t want to fight Francis again because the first fight really wasn’t close”
However, the last Dana White had to say on the matter recently was that Ngannou had earned the next title shot, though it wouldn’t be the first time the UFC has said that, only to then change their minds when a potentially more lucrative option presented itself.
The fact that Miocic doesn’t seem overly enthused by the prospect of fighting Ngannou again may well ‘Bones’ cause, but on the other hand, his adversarial relationship with White in recent months may count against him.