Francis Ngannou claims undisputed title fight between Jon Jones, Ciryl Gane ‘means nothing’ at UFC 285

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Former undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou has claimed March’s vacant title fight between former light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, and Ciryl Gane “means nothing”, given the fact he never actually lost the championship before his departure from the promotion.

Ngannou, the promotion’s most recent undisputed heavyweight champion, departed the Dana White-led organization earlier this month, amid long-standing contract woes, seeing his contractual obligations with the UFC officially expire on December 9. Last.

Failing to come to terms on a new deal amid rumors of a potential March 4. return against former 205lbs champion, Jones, Ngannou was stripped of the undisputed heavyweight crown, and subsequently granted his release from the UFC, with the promotion waiving their exclusive matching rights period to boot.

As a result, Jones will now snap a three-year Octagon hiatus and match with Gane for the vacant title at UFC 285 on March 4. in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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However, speaking on the T-Mobile Arena showdown, Batié native, Ngannou claimed “undisptued” championship billing at the event “means nothing” in his absence.

“I want to share my excitement for the heavyweight fight between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane,” Francis Ngannou said on his YouTube channel. “It’s going to be a very exciting fight. I’m going to be watching that fight. But we all know the term undisputed means nothing here. Yes. it really means nothing. But I will still be excited watching that fight.” 

Last time out for Ngannou, the Cameroonian knockout artist successfully unified the heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision win over Frenchman, Gane at UFC 270 in January of last year. 

Sidelined since February 2020, Jones’ last outing came at light heavyweight where he narrowly defended his title in a controversial decision win over Dominick Reyes, whilst Gane rebounded with a knockout win of his own over Tai Tuivasa atop a Paris card in July last year.


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