Undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou has opened as a betting favorite against former two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, ahead of a potential title showdown between the two in the future.
Headlining UFC 270 last night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Ngannou successfully unified the heavyweight titles against interim belt holder, Ciryl Gane, scoring a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) over the Frenchman.
Scoring a surprising four separate successful takedowns against Gane from the third round onwards, Ngannou displayed his much-improved wrestling chaps, both offensively and defensively, en route to his decision shutout.
Revealing during his post-fight interview with UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan that he had suffered a grade three MCL tear and injured his ACL more than three weeks ago, leading up to his unification bout with Gane, but elected to continue preparation for the fight and compete regardless.
Following Ngannou’s heavyweight championship unification victory, the above mentioned, Jones shared his thoughts on his official Twitter account regarding the pair’s performance in the Anaheim headliner, claiming that he would likely defeat both.
Ngannou had also explained post-fight that he was expecting to draw former light heavyweight champion, Jones immediately following his March undisputed championship victory over Stipe Miocic, however, the bout infamously failed to come to fruition.
Off the back of last night’s result, opening lines were released for a potential heavyweight championship fight between Ngannou and Jones, with many bookies placing the Batie native as a betting favorite (-220) over Jones, who comes in as a sizeable underdog (+180). Odds as per SportsBetting.ag
However, while speculation continues to mount regarding a title defense against Jones, Ngannou completed his contractual obligations of eight fights with the promotion last night after his victory over Gane.
The Cameroonian will now, however, be subjected to a ‘champions clause’ which would tie him to the promotion until December where he could then test free-agency, or for the period of three more fights, however, Ngannou, who netted a disclosed fight purse of $600,000 last night, has confirmed that he would no longer fight for the UFC for the same sum of money.
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