Jon Jones gives profane response to Francis Ngannou’s post-UFC 285 ‘heavyweight king’ tweet
The polished Jon Jones is back after quickly claiming the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 285. He expressed his gratitude for defeating Cyril Gein, thanked his team, and likened himself to a lion who has a heart that can overcome adversity.
Then another Jones appeared briefly – perhaps best captured in his 2015 “hot mic” with former rival Daniel Cormier. Responding to a tweet from former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, Jones threw every sense of propriety out the window by insulting him.
“Francis is a big old f****,” Jones said.
The back of the T-Mobile Arena howled with glee as Jones shook his head. He paused briefly at the reporter’s next question.
“I love that quote,” Jones said with a laugh. “I love it. All those muscles, big ass. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
Moments after Jones defeated Gein within three minutes of headlining Saturday’s pay-per-view, Ngannou reacted caustically to the new champion’s win.
Good job Johnny Boy
King of the heavyweights
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 5, 2023
Ngannou held the belt less than two months ago when the UFC announced that Jones would fight Gein for him. He was stripped of his belt when he decided not to sign a new contract with the promotion after becoming a free agent, and despite his willingness to return later on better contract terms, UFC President Dana White said ahead of UFC 285 that he would never fight. into an octagon again.
White reaffirmed his stance at the UFC 285 press conference, throwing cold water on the idea of a fight between the former and reigning champions, whose potential mega fight led to a contract dispute between Jones and the UFC that saw Bones drop the light heavyweight division. title in 2020.
Jones spent more than two years on the sidelines building his strength for a move up to the heavyweight division. When Ngannou’s negotiations with the UFC stalled, Jones left his longtime managers and hired a new one, leading to a deal that he and the promotion say made him the highest paid heavyweight on the roster.
Upon returning to the UFC, Jones repeated White’s claim that Ngannou had left the promotion because he did not want to face the toughest challenges in the octagon. When his post-fight interview came in, Jones was using it not to dunk Ngannou, but to call for a fight with ex-champ Stipe Miocic, whom he was scheduled to face at UFC 218 at heavyweight before testing positive for drugs at UFC 214 resulted in Jones being nude. won the light heavyweight title for the third time in his career.
Prior to UFC 285, Miocic said he was signed up to fight Jones at UFC 285, but said the promotion had gone in a different direction. Asked if Miocic would be Jones’ first heavyweight defense, White was evasive when asked about the fight being called.