Francis Ngannou Names UFC Heavyweight As Undisputed GOAT of MMA

Francis Ngannou Names UFC Heavyweight As Undisputed GOAT of MMA

Byron Pillay
updated at September 6, 2023 at 12:45 PM
  • Francis Ngannou believes that Jon Jones is the greatest mixed martial arts athlete of all time
  • Jon Jones has dominated MMA for numerous years and is the current UFC heavyweight champion
  • Ngannou is training with Mike Tyson as he prepares for his boxing debut against Tyson Fury

There have been many great MMA fighters over the years, but there is only one GOAT.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou knows who that GOAT is, and Mike Tyson feels the same way as he does.

Francis Ngannou with the Black Panther salute.
Francis Ngannou has labelled Jon Jones as the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Image: Frederic J Brown.
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As noted by The Mirror, The Predator hailed Jon Jones as the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts.

Jones is the current heavyweight champion, holding the title that Ngannou never lost.

Why Ngannou believes Jones is the GOAT

Ngannou labelled Bones the best during a chat with his current boxing trainer, Tyson.

The duo were on Complex's GOAT Talk series when they were asked about MMA’s greatest.

While Tyson admitted that there were many, like Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov, he had to go with Jones because of all the adversity he went through to become champion.

Ngannou then offered his take on the matter.

"As long as I want to fight Jon Jones, I still think he will be my GOAT MMA fighter, because he's just so good," he said.

What’s next for Ngannou?

While Ngannou and Jones may not cross paths anytime soon, the Cameroonian fighter is training for another heavyweight champion.

Ngannou will take on WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a non-title boxing match later this year.

Ngannou has been working hard as he looks to shock the world on his boxing debut.

Heated face-off between Ngannou and Jones

Top heavyweight fighters Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones came face-to-face for the first time since their UFC showdown fell apart.

The pair were both spotted at PFL 5 on Friday night in Atlanta, and they approached each other.

It seemed to be a friendly encounter, and as soon as the men came together, Jones started sizing up Ngannou before the pair shook hands, Sports Brief reported.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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