Francis Ngannou, according to Dana White, won’t ever compete in the UFC again. Fight fans, on the other hand, think White will retract his remarks, much like he has already done for Jon Jones.
After failing contract negotiations, “The Predator” left the UFC earlier this year. At a recent ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 285, White asserted that the Cameroonian will never return to the company.
Strangely, MMA fans do not agree with the 53-year-audacious old’s claim. In response to the revelation, Twitter user @RickStrom shared an old article regarding the UFC president saying something similar about Jones.
After “Bones” tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016, which ultimately resulted in the cancellation of his main event bout with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, Dana White vowed on SiriusXM that he wouldn’t let the American to lead a card again:
“No, I don’t believe in him. I don’t. I don’t think I’d ever take the chance of performing with Jon Jones again as the headlining act. How many cards have come apart because Jon Jones gets into issues for something? I’d put him on the card, but I wouldn’t headline with him until he consistently gets back on track. [Extracts from MMA MANIA] “
Yet since then, Jones has been the main attraction on numerous cards. He was in fact the main event of the recently finished UFC 285. The pay-per-heavyweight view’s champion was “Bones.”
Jon Jones becomes the first man to finish Ciryl Gane
At UFC 285, Jon Jones made his heavyweight debut and won, submitting Ciryl Gane with a guillotine choke in the opening frame to win the championship.
The New Yorker did not, however, merely claim this accomplishment during the occasion. He also became the first fighter in his MMA career to finish the Frenchman.
In UFC 270, former champion Francis Ngannou was the opponent Gane faced off against and was defeated by unanimous decision.
One of the most successful fighters in UFC history is Jones. In his career with the promotion, the former light heavyweight champion has participated in 16 title matches. In the UFC, Jones has actually competed in more title fights than non-title contests.