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UFC: Stipe Miocic sends warning to Jon Jones over Francis Ngannou fight



Ngannou suffered a loss to Miocic in 2018 (Picture: Getty)

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has warned Jon Jones about taking on Francis Ngannou due to his incredible punching power.

MMA stars Jones and Ngannou have been going back and forth over social media and both men were approached by the UFC to put together a fight

The light heavyweight champion has long teased a move up to heavyweight, but Miocic, who has a win over Ngannou, said Jones couldn’t underestimate how ‘explosive’ the Cameroon fighter was.

‘That would be a good fight,’ Miocic told MMA Fighting. ‘Interesting matchup. I think anyone fighting [Ngannou] is a tough fight cause he’s so explosive and he hits super hard. That’s the one equaliser.

‘He might not be as technically sound as Jon Jones but he does have power.’

After repeated swipes over social media, Jones announced to his fans that the UFC were not willing to give him a pay rise to move up to heavyweight.

Ngannou echoed Jones’ explanation on his Twitter, saying: ‘In my opinion, the UFC aren’t willing to make this Jon fight happens or at least for what it worth.’

Jones is keen to expand his legacy by moving up to heavyweight (Picture: Getty)

Miocic’s convincing victory over Ngannou in 2018 sparked a confidence crisis for the 33-year-old, but he has since bounced back with four knockouts in a row – most recently a 20-second stoppage against Jairzinho Rozenstruik at the start of this month.

The coronavirus pandemic means big fights are currently on hold, but Miocic predicted Jones was capable of beating Ngannou.

‘I definitely think [Jones] can win with a great game plan but like I said anything can happen,’ Miocic said.

‘You’re wearing small gloves, heavyweight division, dude throwing bombs. Anything can happen honestly.’

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Dana White makes fight prediction after Jon Jones blasts Francis Ngannou



Jones is the light heavyweight champion (Picture: Getty)

Dana White doubts Jon Jones actually wants to move up to heavyweight and fight Francis Ngannou following a string of online clashes between the UFC stars.

Ngannou’s threat to put Jones to sleep sparked a stern response from the light heavyweight champion and fans have been dreaming about a potential match-up.

Jones has long teased a move up in weight, but White played down the possibility of a bout against Ngannou.

‘Anything’s possible,’ White responded when asked the fight. ‘I don’t know if those guys really want that fight.

‘Let me tell you this, and I’m not saying this is the case with these two, you see a lot of talk online and whatever it might be.

‘Actually making fights is a whole other ballgame.’

While White harbours doubts, Ngannou has continued to provoke Jones on social media.

Jones responded to Ngannou’s latest message by promising to expose the Cameroon fighter and referencing a famously boring clash the heavyweight had with Derrick Lewis last year.

‘First you can save the rest of your tongue pictures for your other homies and yes I’m right here, just waking up from watching that Derek Lewis fight again,’ Jones said.

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‘You ain’t scaring nobody, I saw your heart. You’re a big old mouse, I’ll expose you.’

The UFC have just finished up their first events back during the coronavirus pandemic after holding three fight nights in the space of seven days in Florida.

Jones is unlikely to fight anytime soon following an arrest in April, while Ngannou is fresh of a stunning 20-second knockout of Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

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