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Francis Ngannou confirms he wants Jon Jones showdown next… but is up for Stipe Miocic trilogy ‘if needed’


NEW heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou has accepted Jon Jones’ call-out for a blockbuster scrap.

The Cameroonian stunned Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 in Las Vegas with a second-round KO to take the title.

Francis Ngannou is the new UFC heavyweight champ after defeating Stipe Miocic

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Francis Ngannou is the new UFC heavyweight champ after defeating Stipe MiocicCredit: Getty

Jones immediately reacted to his victory by taking to social media and laying the groundwork for a potential clash.

Bones, who is gearing up for a move to heavyweight, tweeted: “Let’s play baby.”

He then followed that up by putting pressure on the UFC to meet his demands for a pay rise by writing: “Show me the money.”

Ngannou, 34, is ready to do business with Jones but admitted he’d reluctantly fight Miocic for a third time if he has to.

He said: “Well, I think Jon Jones makes more sense for me but either way, I’m going to fight.

“If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to move.

“As the new heavyweight champion, I decided to move on, put more activity in the division than [Stipe] has been in the past two or three years.

“I might be the champ but I don’t make the call. I’m just a fighter. So the UFC decides what really happens. But for what I want or what I like, yes, I would like that [fight with Jon Jones].”

Jon Jones has stepped up to heavyweight and could fight Ngannou next

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Jon Jones has stepped up to heavyweight and could fight Ngannou nextCredit: Getty

“Personally, no, I don’t feel I need [to fight Stipe again].

“He said I won’t be a champion until he’s retired so maybe he’ll retire but if not, I’ll still be down to fight him.

“I have a loss against him and his time as the greatest heavyweight of all time. He makes sense for me to fight if needed.”

UFC president Dana White is open to making the fight but claimed Jones should consider dropping to middleweight after seeing Ngannou separate Miocic from consciousness.

During the post-fight press conference, he said: “If I’m Jon Jones and I’m at home watching this fight, I’m moving down to 185.”

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