Jon Jones Says 'Send the Deal' for UFC Heavyweight Fight with Francis Ngannou

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2020

RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones looks on after Jan Blachowicz of Poland defeats Corey Anderson by KO in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Santa Ana Star Center on February 15, 2020 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jon Jones is apparently ready to make the move up to heavyweight. 

The UFC light heavyweight champion tweeted "send the deal," responding to speculation he would not take a fight at heavyweight against Francis Ngannou:

"Who would you guys consider the quicker and more technical striker Thiago Santos or Francis? If you guys think I wouldn't take this fight you're insane," Jones wrote. "I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I'd love that big money fight right around now. Send the deal."

Jones, 32, is perhaps the greatest light heavyweight MMA fighter in history. He owns a 26-1 (1) record, with his only loss coming via disqualification and his no contest coming after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Stipe Miocic is currently the heavyweight champion but has not fought since August because of an eye injury he suffered in his UFC 241 win over Cormier. Miocic has been working as a first responder in Ohio during the coronavirus pandemic and said he won't fight until he's able to undergo a full training camp in his gym.

With the heavyweight division in a bit of a standstill, it's unclear how feasible a Jones-Ngannou fight would be. It's possible the UFC will have Cormier fight Ngannou for an interim championship if Miocic is unable to schedule a title defense against Cormier soon. 

If Miocic is able to get into camp and set up the third of his trilogy against Cormier, then the main event-level fight seems likely if Jones agrees to move up in weight. 

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