The former UFC heavyweight champion went the distance with arguably the best heavyweight of this era, despite never having had a boxing bout before. But in doing so, Ngannou made a serious case for a victory after having sent Fury to the canvas in the third round. Although the decision would ultimately go against him, Ngannou put on a performance that was the closest that an MMA fighter had done in defeating a professional boxer. As a result, Jones had nothing but good words to say about the performance.
I thought he did great, I’m glad the fight was competitive. Opens so many doors for everyone in the future. https://t.co/ESM0pslthP
— BONY (@JonnyBones) October 30, 2023
The performance has also earned Ngannou a potential top-ten ranking in the WBC after reports that Mauricio Sulaiman will include Ngannou in them. Although the performance by Ngannou exceeded expectations, there are still question marks over whether he could replicate that performance. But with potential fights against Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder being talked about, Ngannou may have plenty of chances to shine. And yet, the social media response suggested that fans were desperate to see Ngannou facing Jones.
This fight needs to happen.
Jones vs Ngannou 2024 🔥🔥
— MMAValour (@MmaValour) October 31, 2023
Jones v Ngannou in a Boxing Ring Jon? https://t.co/VDXAcCllOm
— Hotep Davei 𝕏 (@Davei_Boi) October 30, 2023
Im pretty sure folks want to see you fight francis, more so now than ever.
— Stofer (@StoferFloyd) October 30, 2023