‘Decision fighter’ vs. ‘one-trick pony’: Jon Jones, Francis Ngannou trade barbs on Twitter

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A highly anticipated showdown between UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones doesn’t appear to be up next, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still have a war of words.

Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) traded barbs on Twitter late this week, which continued on Saturday. It started with Ngannou, who claimed the heavyweight title March 27 with a knockout of Stipe Miocic, tweeting he would “take care of” Jones and then “come after” heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury. Ngannou included both men’s handles.

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Ngannou’s tweet seemingly was in response to a video call out from Fury. His inclusion of Jones didn’t get a reaction from the former light heavyweight champ until Thursday, which began with a few innocuous motivational tweets but then made mention of Ngannou.

From there, a Twitter beef ensued into Saturday.

The trash talk, at least for now, appears to be all for naught. Contract negotiations went nowhere between Jones and the UFC, leading UFC president Dana White to say the promotion would move on with booking a title rematch between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, who won a lackluster decision in their first encounter in July 2018.

Earlier this week, Jones parted ways with First Round Management, which represented him for 11 years. It’s unclear what Jones’ next move will be, but he still seems focused on gunning for the UFC heavyweight title.

You can check out the war of words between Jones and Ngannou below.

Jones shares training video

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1387870349451304967

Jones feeling confident

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1387943723099623435

Jones makes first mention of Ngannou

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1387954902660526091

Ngannou questions Jones' motivation

https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1388232106791243776

'Murrica

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1387955186690318340

'You've never seen me quit'

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1388327042899382275

Jones issues a warning

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1388327857240281089

'Please don't make me laugh'

https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1388434941478948864

Ngannou laughs at Jones

https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1388436320012414978

A sign of respect from Jones?

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1388507622765121539

This is nothing new for Jones

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1388511457059516417

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