The big news this week has been Francis Ngannou’s groundbreaking contract with the Professional Fighter’s League. After rising up through the ranks of the UFC to win the heavyweight title, the Cameroonian-born Frenchman chose to jump into free agency rather than sign a new contract with the world’s largest MMA promotion. In the process, it seems he’s secured himself a whole lot of money. But, he also lost out on a possible title fight against light heavyweight legend Jon Jones.
As expected, Jones has handled the news of Ngannou’s success with this usual poise and tact. Which is to say he’s sending out passive aggressive statements about the whole thing for reasons largely unclear to anyone except himself.
Video: Jon Jones takes over interview to talk Ngannou
The latest example of Jones’ reignited spat with the ‘Predator’ comes from MMA Mania’s Alex Behunin. During a recent interview with former UFC fighter and self proclaimed ‘Crochet Boss’ Maurice Green, Behunin raised the topic of Francis Ngannou’s new PFL deal and how—as a current training partner of Jon Jones—Green felt about the news. Was he excited that Ngannou was breaking new ground for free agency in MMA, or was he disappointed that fans were going to miss out on the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA today?
Green couldn’t help but laugh. And it quickly became apparent why.
“Francis is a pussy, and always gonna be a pussy,” Jones said, peeking into the frame from off camera. “With all that muscle,” he added before turning the camera back over to Green.
Maurice Green looking to make PFL run in 2023
For his part, Green is getting ready for his second fight of the 2023 PFL season. The former Ultimate fighter contestant competed eight times inside the Octagon between 2018-2021, putting together a 4-4 record. Green was released from the promotion off back to back losses to Greg Hardy and Marcos Rogerio de Lima. A quick bounce-back win on the regionals, however, got him signed to the PFL in 2022, where he made his debut against Denis Goltsov, losing a unanimous decision.
This year things have been a bit brighter for the 36-year-old, however. Green picked up a second round TKO victory over Marcelo Nunes at PFL 2 back in April. He’s currently set to take on 2022 heavyweight tournament champion Ante Delija on June 16th at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA. Their bout is expected to serve as the card’s headliner alongside the return of last season’s women’s lightweight champion Larissa Pacheco.
As for Jon Jones, fans are still awaiting the official announcement of his first heavyweight title defense. Expectation is that he’ll face off against former belt holder Stipe Miocic, with the most likely target being the UFC’s 295 PPV card at Madison Square Garden in November.
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