Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou have been exchanging messages on social media over the previous week, teasing a possible battle between them.

The chatter began after Jones teased a potential transfer to heavyweight — a transfer he’s talked about for a number of years — and earlier than lengthy, he was buying and selling pictures with Ngannou about how they’d match up in a battle.

The back-and-forth was positively intriguing, contemplating Jones doesn’t have a battle booked proper now and Ngannou is at present caught in limbo with the heavyweight division largely on maintain after he earned his fourth consecutive knockout win at UFC 249.

Whereas a showdown between Jones and Ngannou is certainly intriguing, UFC president Dana White isn’t completely satisfied they really wish to battle one another.

“Something’s potential,” White responded when requested concerning the matchup through the UFC on ESPN eight post-fight press convention. “I don’t know if these guys actually need that battle.

“Let me inform you this, and I’m not saying that is the case with these two — you see quite a lot of discuss on-line and no matter it is perhaps. Truly making fights is an entire different ballgame.”

Contemplating Ngannou is caught ready for Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier to complete their trilogy later this 12 months, it appears fully believable he would entertain a battle towards Jones. That would offer Ngannou with an enormous, marquee battle towards arguably the best UFC champion of all time.

As for Jones, he’s received quite a lot of choices out there proper now. There’s a possible rematch looming with Dominick Reyes after Jones received a really shut choice over him again in February, to not point out a gathering with Jan Blachowicz, who’s been calling for a title shot since ending Corey Anderson by knockout.

Jones has additionally talked about shifting to heavyweight throughout a number of title reigns at 205 kilos, however he’s balked on the thought virtually as usually as he’s talked about it.

Nonetheless, because the UFC continues to construct out the schedule for the rest of 2020, a battle between Ngannou and Jones would virtually definitely do huge enterprise for the promotion. White will surely be excited by that. Doing the legwork to make it occur is perhaps a unique story.