UFC news: Francis Ngannou opens as strong favorite over Jon Jones

The first odds for a potential Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones bout are in, and the new heavyweight champ is the favorite

Francis Ngannou has been UFC heavyweight champion for less than a day, and already there’s plenty of clamoring about his first title defense. And many expect that it will come against Jon Jones, the former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion who is moving up in weight.

Ngannou captured the heavyweight championship at UFC 260, scoring a major second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic in the main event.

After a highly unsuccessful first title shot against Miocic three years ago, and a widely-criticized performance in a loss to Derrick Lewis, Ngannou has now rebounded with five straight major KO/TKO wins, with the win over Miocic being the only one to go past 71 seconds.

Ngannou has re-emphasized his status as a dangerous combatant and a huge knockout artist while claiming the status of “Baddest Man on the Planet.”

Jones, meanwhile, has already established his legacy as one of the greatest athletes to ever step foot inside the Octagon. A two-time light heavyweight champion with 11 total title defenses and over 1500 days combined as champion, Jones has set a number of UFC records and accomplishments.

These include a current 18-fight unbeaten streak, the most consecutive wins and title defenses in UFC light heavyweight history, the most wins in UFC light heavyweight history, the most title fights in UFC light heavyweight history, the most wins in UFC title fights (both overall and in the light heavyweight division) and a tie with Demetrious Johnson for the most successful title defenses in UFC history.

UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou opens as a solid favorite against potential foe Jon Jones

But none of those accomplishments might be able to save him from Ngannou if such a fight were to play out the way oddsmakers currently think it will.

According to sportsbetting.ag, Ngannou has opened as a -190 favorite against Jones, who currently sits as a +165 underdog.

A fight between Ngannou and Jones isn’t for certain, however. At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White quipped that Jones may not want to fight Ngannou after the latter’s big KO of Miocic. White, however, seemed serious when he questioned Jones’ willingness to fight Ngannou based on his “show me the money” tweet.

Jones heard White’s comments and isn’t having it, immediately (and currently still) taking to Twitter to combat the remark, claiming he just wants to be paid what he feels he’s worth for a major fight like him vs. Ngannou could be.

A fight between Ngannou and Jones was rumored last year, potentially for an interim heavyweight title, but those negotiations fell apart and Jones became one of several UFC fighters who either threatened to (or actually did) walk away from the sport or demand a release.

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