جون جونز’ advisor to meet UFC this weekend to discuss potential Ngannou bout

JON JONESadvisor Richard Schaefer will meet with the UFC brass this weekend to discuss the MMA legend’s return to the octagon.

The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion hasn’t set foot inside the octagon in nearly TWO سنوات, with his last outing being a fiercely debated title defence against Dominick Reyes.

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones hasn't fought in nearly two years

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones hasn’t fought in nearly two yearsالإئتمان: جيتي
Ex-pound-for-pound king Jones has had contractual issues with the UFC over his long-awaited move up in weight

Ex-pound-for-pound king Jones has had contractual issues with the UFC over his long-awaited move up in weightالإئتمان: جيتي
Jones' advisor Richard Schaefer will hope to iron out all the current issues

جونز’ advisor Richard Schaefer will hope to iron out all the current issuesالإئتمان: جيتي
A potential showdown with heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou will be a topic of discussion

A potential showdown with heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou will be a topic of discussionالإئتمان: جيتي

جونز’ hiatus from the cage has in large part been down to a contractual dispute with the UFC, which Schaefer hopes to hash out in the coming days.

The former Golden Boy Promotions CEO told SunSport: “He is willing, ready and able to fight whoever we can get for the heavyweight title.

The reason why I just don’t say Francis Ngannou; I’d love to put together a Francis Ngannou fight and I’m in conversations with the UFC.

And as a matter of fact, I’m going to be meeting with them this weekend here in Los Angeles.

جونز, 33, was targeting a blockbuster showdown with heavyweight king Ngannou before he opted to see out the remainder of 2021 – which he used to continue putting on size.

But Ngannou’s own contractual issues with the UFC brassas well as his possible nine-month stint on the sidelines after his upcoming knee surgeryhave thrown the bout into further doubt.

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Schaefer said: “I think Francis Ngannou has some issues. One side is contractual. How’s that going to play out?

We’ve seen there’s a lack of communication from Team Ngannou and the UFC.

“[محادثات] have virtually come to a standstill and legal letters were exchanged.

But then he has, as I understand as well, possibly the need for an operation because of his torn ligaments.

I don’t know what exactly he has, so I don’t even know if he’s available.

Regardless of the availability of Ngannou, Jones is eager to make his long-awaited return to action this year.

Schaefer continued: “But we want to fight. Jon wants to fight and Jon wants to fight for the heavyweight title. And Jon is the kind of guy who fights anyone no problem.

So I’m going to see if I can try to put that together. But Jon Jones is, as I said, ال فلويد مايويذر جونيور of the UFC.

He’s a legend, he’s undefeated and he is in a league of his own.

Despite the promotion’s ongoing issues with Ngannou, UFC president Dana White is keen to make a money-spinning bout between the vicious knockout artist and Jones.

Jon Jones has used his time on the sidelines to beef up for his move up to heavyweight

Jon Jones has used his time on the sidelines to beef up for his move up to heavyweightالإئتمان: INSTAGRAM@JONNYBONES
Jones is willing to face 'whoever' he 'can get' for the heavyweight title

Jones is willing to face ‘whoeverhe ‘can getfor the heavyweight titleالإئتمان: INSTAGRAM@JONNYBONES

During an ESPN+ fan Q&أ, the veteran promoter told Laura Sanko: “لا أدري، لا أعرف.

I’m hoping that will be one of the big fights this year. If we can pull that one off, we definitely will.

Former pound-for-pound king Jones was a keen observer of Ngannou’s title defence against Ciryl Gane earlier this month, which the Predator won via unanimous decision.

The UFC Hall-of-Famer was far impressed by the pair’s respective showings and made that known on Twitter midway through the fight.

و, according to Schaefer, Bones firmly believes he’d get the better of both men.

هو قال: “It’s actually funny, some media guys text me before the fight and I said, ‘I think Jon Jones would beat either Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou.

And I texted back and forth with Jon after the fight and he said, 'نعم, I beat both [guys].

‘There’s no question about it, I beat both guys.

Jones took a giant step towards returning to the octagon last month when he accepted a plea deal in a domestic battery case against him in Nevada.

Jones hasn't set fought since his final defence of the 205lb title against Dominick Reyes

Jones hasn’t set fought since his final defence of the 205lb title against Dominick Reyesالإئتمان: جيتي

The fan favourite was initially was charged with misdemeanour domestic battery and felony tampering with a vehicle.

ال domestic battery charge was dropped and Jones pled nolo contendere to ‘destroying the property of another’.

According to court records, Jones was ordered to pay £562 in restitution to his alleged victim, told to undergo anger-management counselling and instructed to stay out of trouble.

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