“Thor vs Thor” – Ruben Payan Jr finds it difficult to predict winner in Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou fight

Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones could happen in the future
Jon Jones has spoken about fighting Francis Ngannou in the past

With Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones expected to go down sometime this year, Zhang Weili’s coach Ruben Payan has given his prediction for the super-bout.

Ngannou vs Jones will probably be the biggest fight in UFC’s heavyweight division history. The fight is expected to go down sometime this year, as only a minor verbal war on Twitter, between Jones and UFC President Dana White hampering the fight’s progress.

Jones relinquished his light-heavyweight title last year, in a bid to move to the heavyweight division in a quest for bigger challenges (bigger fight purse according to Dana White). He did so, but still hasn’t made his heavyweight debut.

Jon Jones posted this phot on his Twitter account. (Image Credits: @jonnybones on Twitter)
A beefed up Jon Jones. (Image Credits: @jonnybones on Twitter)

However, Bones has been actively packing on the muscle, and looks completely different now.

Ngannou, on the other hand, just became the heavyweight champion for the first time, after beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. The powerful Cameroonian will be eager to welcome Jones on his heavyweight debut.

Stipe Miocic was knocked out cold by Francis Ngannou at UFC 260
Francis Ngannou after knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 (Twitter UFC)

Speaking about how their fight will pan out in an interview with South China Morning Post, women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s strength and conditioning coach Ruben Payan Jr claimed that it would be a tough fight to predict. He was simply in awe of the two heavyweight monsters.

He then added that there is a possibility of a knockout in the game since it will boil down to who makes the mistake first.

Payan Jr said:

“I think it is going to come down to gameplans. And, I think Jon has that octagon experience, and maybe he can control the gas tank a little bit better. I think Jon can make it a competitive fight. But remember, they are heavyweights. It’s like anyone can knock anyone out. It’s like Thor vs Thor! Anybody can knockout anybody at any time.”

Kamaru Usman confirms Francis Ngannou will be in his corner at UFC 261

Usman is all set to take on Jorge Masvidal in a rematch at UFC 261, with his welterweight belt on the line. The Nigerian recently trained fellow African Ngannou for his fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, and was also by his corner.

Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman at UFC 251
Kamaru Usman kicks Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during UFC 251 (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In the absence of his brother Mohammed Usman, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has decided to have ‘The Predator’ by his corner.

It is to be noted that, the welterweight, the middleweight and the heavyweight division’s champions are all Africans and Usman will be looking forward to elongating their reign, come April the 24th.

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Written by Gerard Crispin

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