Francis Ngannou’s coach reveals chances of mega-fight with Jon Jones ‘are 50-50 for March’ – despite Cyril Gane calling out American – with heavyweight champion is STILL locked in UFC pay dispute
- Francis Ngannou’s future with the UFC remains uncertain amid contract dispute
- Heavyweight champion has also been recovering from a torn MCL and ACL
- But if he signs a new deal, he could be ready to fight again by March, coach said
- His coach also remains optimistic that terms for a new deal will be agreed
The chances of a mega-fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou in March have been put at ’50-50′ by the champion’s coach.
Erik Nicksick believes Ngannou could be ready to compete again by then, with the Cameroonian almost fully recovered from the knee injury that has kept him out for almost a year.
Ngannou is hitting pads again and the signs are positive, but the major obstacle remains a failure with the UFC to agree terms on a new deal.
Francis Ngannou has been out for a long time with a knee injury but is almost recovered, according to his coach Eric Nicksick (left)
Jon Jones’ long-awaited move to heavyweight could take place in the first half of 2023
Jones is yet to make his long-awaited debut at heavyweight but a fight with Ngannou would be well received by fans.
When asked about it, Nicksick told MMA Fighting: ‘I think it’s 50-50, to be honest with you, when you’re talking business and timeline.
‘I’m confident from what I saw from Francis a couple of weeks ago that if we had to be ready for March, I think we can get him ready, but I think it is cutting it a little bit short because he had to go back home and renew his visa.’
The champ recently posted a series of family photos to Instagram showing guests and family members dining together. All the women in attendance are wearing traditional African outfits, except one who wore a Professional Fighters League [PFL] t-shirt
‘And then obviously they still haven’t announced anything yet with his contract and where they’re at, so 50-50 for me.
‘I’m hoping for this thing, fingers crossed that we can get this deal done. If it’s not March, maybe it’s April or May, or something like that. I do know that they’re shooting for March and that Jon Jones is the opponent.’
French heavyweight star Ciryl Gane called out Jones on Twitter, writing: ‘Where you at Jon Jones? I’m free this March, Vegas.’
At this point it seems more likely than a match-up with Ngannou given the obstacles in his way but no doubt ‘Bones’ would opt for a title shot above all else.
Ngannou could still be the biggest star to leave the UFC out of contract if he chooses to part ways with the promotion.
The pay dispute has rumbled on for some time and remains unresolved. Recent social media posts have teased a ‘new chapter’ away from the UFC.
In one post, there was a series of family photos on Instagram showing guests and relatives dining together.
Ngannou has been vocal about his longstanding boxing ambitions and has not agreed a deal
All the women in attendance are wearing traditional African attire, except one who was wearing a Professional Fighters League (PFL) T-shirt.
PFL recently launched a ‘super-fights’ division that would allow Ngannou to secure lucrative match-ups he wanted to be able to do as extra-curricular activities while in the UFC, which Dana White and Co have so far refused him.
But the chances of a clash with Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua, that he has talked up in the past seem unlikely at present.
There are plenty of appealing fights out there for Ngannou, but at present almost all of those are within the UFC.
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