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Francis Ngannou doesn’t think about Jon Jones ahead of UFC 270 event

Last weekend, the UFC's final pay-per-view of the year took place when Charles Oliveira successfully defended his lightweight title against Dustin


Last weekend, the UFC’s final pay-per-view of the year took place when Charles Oliveira successfully defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269. And with 269 now in the rear view, all eyes are on the next PPV event, UFC 270, which is headlined by a heavyweight title unification fight between undisputed champion Francis Ngannou and interim champion Ciryl Gane. It’s a fight with many stories at stake, from the shared training sessions between the two fighters, to Ngannou’s ongoing problems with the UFC and the unrealized superfight with Jon Jones, but for the heavyweight champion, all of those distractions must. be left out of the cage so that he can concentrate on the task at hand.

“The situation is what it is, but what I’m trying to do is not let anything enter (my mind) for the fight. At the end of the day, I can’t get distracted by anything. It will be up to me if I am wrong because I am distracted by everything around me. I signed up for this fight so I better take it seriously and focus on it. It doesn’t matter what happens on the side. We’ll deal with that later.

“After” is when things can get very interesting for the champion. A super fight between Ngannou and Jon Jones was long rumored to be in the UFC’s plans, and earlier this year Jones said he was aiming to return to the cage in March. Such a fight would be a great opportunity, but given the number of times that fight has already failed, Ngannou is not holding his breath.

“Personally, that no longer matters to me. There is a lot of talk about Jon Jones, he says a lot of things and yet we are still here. I wasn’t even expecting to fight anyone other than Jon Jones after the Stipe fight, but here I am, almost 10 months away and fighting Ciryl Gane, who was not in the picture, in the landscape at the time. So what Jon Jones says and what Jon Jones does are two different things and I can’t bet on that. I can’t put my money on it. So I do what I’m going to do. We don’t know what the future holds.

Instead, Ngannou keeps his eyes on the fight that is immediately in front of him. Gane is a former sparring partner with an undefeated record and consummate Muay Thai experience. His career among top contenders in the UFC dates back to Ngannou’s rise through the heavyweight ranks for his first time and many say that Gane will end Ngannou’s reign before he can properly take off. But the champion is confident that his experience and skill will ultimately triumph and that he will deliver the kind of devastating knockout fans have come to expect of him.