Jone Jones wants dibs for next fight against UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
In a series of Monday tweets, Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) explained his reasoning why his hypothetical fight with Miocic (20-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) would make more sense than a Miocic rematch with next-in-line title challenger Francis Ngannou.
Jones' point of view mirrors statements by Miocic, who said an Ngannou (15-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) rematch wasn’t exciting.
Jones pointed to Miocic’s first meeting with Ngannou at UFC 220 in January 2018, when Miocic defeated Ngannou via a lopsided unanimous decision. Jones also mentioned how he, as the former longtime light heavyweight champion, would be a new challenge for Miocic and a true “superfight.”
"Stipe doesn’t want to fight Francis again because the first fight really wasn’t close
"Looking at it from Stipe’s point of view, fighting Francis again is definitely more of a lose situation than a win.
"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?
By the time he heals up my body weight should be right where it needs to be. This fight lines up perfectly
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"
Earlier that day, Jones went after another fighter, former UFC heavyweight champion and pro wrestler Brock Lesnar, who is back on the free agent market. "Brock I'll beatcho ass too"
Lesnar has not competed since UFC 200 in July 2016, when he defeated Mark Hunt via unanimous decision. Lesnar's victory was later overturned after he tested positive for clomiphene. Lesnar retired from the UFC shortly after, the second time in six years.
Since that time, Lesnar has returned to competing in the WWE. He has not openly expressed interest in returning to MMA since his UFC departure.
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