Cormier names one fighter that could tempt Jon Jones out of retirement

‘That’s the one that will get Jon Jones excited’: Daniel Cormier insists a clash between the UFC Heavyweight Champion and Francis Ngannou would ‘blow the roof off any arena’… after Jones claimed he would RETIRE if Ngannou doesn’t return to the UFC

  • Jon Jones has claimed he will retire after facing Stipe Miocic later this year
  • But 35-year-old said he would consider a potential clash with Francis Ngannou
  • Daniel Cormier claimed fight would challenge jones ‘mentally and physically’ 

Daniel Cormier has insisted that Jon Jones needs to face off against former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou before he hangs up his gloves.

Following a two years hiatus from active competition, Jones made his debut appearance in the heavyweight ranks back in March, defeating No 1 contender Cyril Gane to become a two-weight world champion.

After summarily defeating a top contender in Gane, Jones was expected to quickly return to action with rumours circulating at the time that the 35-year-old would go on to face Stipe Miocic at one of the organisation’s premier events in July.

However, the fight would ultimately be pushed back, with Dana White claiming Jones had ‘disappeared’ following the victory at UFC 285, and the pair are now expected to meet in the Octagon later this year.

Jones has since claimed that his fight with Miocic will be his last, but added that he would entertain a showdown with Ngannou if the latter could negotiate a return to the UFC.

Daniel Cormier claimed a bout between longtime rival Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou would ‘blow the roof off any arena’

Jones and Ngannou are the UFC’s last two heavyweight champions, with the title being vacated following the latter’s departure earlier this year

‘We want to see Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou,’ Jones’ longtime rival Daniel said on his YouTube channel.

‘I know I do. I’m all in on that fight because I think that fight would blow the roof off of on any arena that they put these two into. I believe that’s the one that will get Jones excited. 

‘It’ll challenge him physically, but also mentally for his preparation to be ready and more ready than ever because he understands the challenges ahead of him in Francis Ngannou.’

After months of contractual uncertainty with the promotion following a highly-publicised dispute with Dana White, Ngannou departed the UFC earlier this year as the reigning heavyweight champion.

Now a free agent, the 36-year-old has been exploring a variety of options across combat sports with both Eddie Hearn and Floyd Mayweather expressing an interest in bringing the knockout artist into the squared circle.

While the Cameroonian-born fighter has left the door open for a potential return to the UFC, White has stated unequivocally that Ngannou will never again compete inside the Octagon following their breakdown in negotiations. 

Jones has claimed that the first defence of his title later this year could mark his retirement from MMA

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