Francis Ngannou has been being among the most vocal proponents of increased fighter pay in the UFC however the organisations heavyweight champ has identified another path to inflating his pay packet.
Ngannou remains on the shelf as he recovers from knee surgery required after he suffered a personal injury in training ahead of his title defence against Ciryl Gane earlier this season however the giant Cameroonians future remains a topic of intense debate considering that he will turn into a full free agent early in 2023 after fighting out the terms of his existing contract.
But while questions remain concerning Ngannous very future in the activity given his ambitions in the boxing ring, one opponent who appears to be of interest to him is really a former champion who hasnt stepped in to the cage in two-and-a-half years: Jon Jones.
Jones remains in exile before a supposed heavyweight debut after ending his spell in the light heavyweight fold and contains been associated with a potential fight with Stipe Miocic but Ngannou admits he would relish the task contrary to the former longtime 205 king.
As my preferred opponent, it might be Jon Jones obviously, Ngannou said thought to MMA on Sirius XM. Thats what Ive always wanted, I want that big payday.
Also it has to become a big statement, fighting Jon Jones is greater than a payday. Its a large challenge, the guy has been dominating the activity for over ten years therefore i think hes an excellent guy.
And when Ngannou knows what he wants when he gets back, he could be perhaps less certain of exactly when that could be.
The recovery has been good, its moving slow but I believe it seems sensible since they said it could take a the least nine months for ACL but because I likewise have an LCL [injury] it may be about 10 months, he explained. Its been half a year but it feels as though its been forever. I’m in a position to workout now, do strength and conditioning and hit some mitts. The target within the next 8 weeks is for me personally to be back the fitness center, fully training.
However the a very important factor The Predator appears certain of its he isnt likely to rush his in the past to the cage.
I am hoping within the next 2-3 months, we get to cope with that. To resolve that. Its unsurprising to me. I believe were not pretty quickly. Im not pretty quickly, either. Im not going anywhere, so Im not rushing. By the end of your day, we’ve time.