Ngannou gives Jones a clap-back lesson in champion etiquette
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has responded after Jon Jones mocked his defense of Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya defeated Jared Cannonier in the UFC 276 headliner this past weekend. He used his Octagon post-fight interview to call out Alex Pereira, which prompted Jones to mock him on social media.
Jones and Adesanya have a complicated history, with the two sides going back and forth on social media amid talk of a potential super fight in the future. As Jones prepares for his heavyweight debut, talk of a fight with Adesanya has been sidelined for now.
But after Adesanya’s victory, Ngannou fired back at Jones for his criticism of Adesanya and his appeal to Pereira.
“Since Jones sat down and talked shit, Izzy has defended his title at least 5 times,” Ngannou tweeted on Sunday. “Well done CHAMPION. Some people talk and some people do.
After seeing Ngannou’s tweet, Jones fired back at both Ngannou and Adesanya.
“Look at Francis over there defending Elsa, how cute,” Jones tweeted. “I could take off two more years and your combined work won’t match what I did in this octagon.”
Jones then dismissed recent accomplishments by Ngannou and Adesanya and warned the two UFC stars.
“I’m really not impressed with you or your boy, I’ve seen you stop many times”, Jones continued. “And your boy almost went flat the last time he faced Alex. You both win your next fights, so I’ll be impressed. Until then, keep the name out of your mouth, there are levels.
Ngannou encourages Jones not to be a hater
On Friday night, Ngannou took the time to respond to Jones with a champion tenor behind his message.
“You are definitely a hell of a champion but you have to act like one. It’s okay to be respectful of the accomplishments of others, it doesn’t take away from your success. Sit down, you’ll have your turn. Sincerely, The KING,” Ngannou wrote.
Jones and Ngannou had been linked with a fight last year but couldn’t agree on a deal. Jones is planning a return to the Octagon by the end of the year, potentially against Stipe Miocic.
Jones has not fought in the UFC since his last light heavyweight title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. He has been preparing to move up to heavyweight for more than two years since that fight.
As Jones prepares for his highly anticipated return to the Octagon, tensions between him, Ngannou and Adesanya continue to boil.
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