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Francis Ngannou has told Jon Jones to get behind him in the queue to face Stipe Miocic, after the light heavyweight champion called out the heavyweight champ.
It hasn't taken long for the challengers to Miocic make themselves known, after the champion defended his title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 252.
Within minutes of the announcement of the unanimous decision victory for the 37-year-old he was being called out by Jones.
However 'Bones' has been told to get in line by his former Twitter rival Ngannou, with the Cameroonian replying on social media.
Seat down and wait your turn, I got next. https://t.co/4661B0zNmP- Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 16, 2020
'The Predator' won his first six fights in UFC and his knockout ability made him a huge draw in the heavyweight division and earned him a shot at Miocic's title in January 2018.
'Stone Cold' was too good for the challenger and beat him relatively easily on a unanimous decision. On his return to action after his first loss Nganou lost again, this time to Derrick Lewis.
However since those back-to-back losses he's gone on a four fight winning streak, beating two former heavyweight champions, in Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, and two other current challengers, Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Clearly the 33-year-old already has a date in mind for his second title shot as he called for a rematch at UFC's December pay-per-view, likely to be UFC 256.
It is not the first time that Ngannou and Jones have clashed and earlier this year they talked themselves into a rivalry that looked to be the moment 'Bones' would move up to heavyweight.
The light heavyweight champ couldn't agree terms with UFC president Dana White to make the step up though, with both Jones and Ngannou ending up in a partial war of words with the promotion's matchmaker.
Miocic's famous victory over Cormier now leaves the heavyweight division in an interesting place. Ngannou is almost certainly the next challenger but things are murkier after that.
Jones moving up in weight makes a hell of a lot of sense, whether he's taking on the current champ or the man who is likely to face him next, and either fight would be huge.
Should Ngannou get the next title shot? Do you want to see Jones at heavyweight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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