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Jon Jones has once again called out Stipe Miocic, after the UFC heavyweight champion claimed he had no interest in fighting number one ranked Francis Ngannou.
Miocic proved himself to be the heavyweight GOAT when he defeated Daniel Cormier in their trilogy fight last month. That win was met with a call out from Jones before the 33-year-old then vacated his light heavyweight crown.
It was thought that Jones would have to wait in line behind Ngannou to challenge for the title but last week the champ took to Instagram to deny the Predator a rematch, saying, "Francis isn't exciting to me, already put a 25 minute clinic on how to beat him. Want a new challenge!"
With that in mind Bones took to social media to explain that the timing for him to be ready at heavyweight and Miocic to recover from his fight with DC was 'perfect.'
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?- BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
By the time he heals up my body weight should be right where it needs to be. This fight lines up perfectly- BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
Jones currently isn't expected to get back in the octagon any time soon after falling out with the UFC and Dana White earlier this year over pay.
The man considered one of the greatest of all time wanted to move up in weight to face Ngannou but the company weren't willing to give him the pay increase he wanted to take the step up from 205 lbs.
Instead of the Cameroonian born heavyweight, Jones now clearly has another target in mind, and part of that is because he's clearly worried Miocic may lose to Ngannou if that fight happens first.
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- BONY (@JonnyBones) August 31, 2020
White has said that Ngannou will be next in line to face Miocic so, even with the champion's claims he has no interest in a rematch, that is likely to leaves Jones looking for another opponent.
That man could be former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The WWE star is now out of contract with the wrestling company and the UFC chief has said that fight would be a good introduction for the former light heavyweight champ into his new division.
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