UFC heavyweight titan Francis Ngannou believes Jon Jones is the ‘best striker’ in the sport, and labels his punches as ‘perfect’ – while he also says Ciryl Gane has the most ability as a kickboxer ahead of their bout
- Jon Jones has been lauded as the ‘best striker’ in UFC by rival Francis Ngannou
- ‘Bones’ has been chosen for his formidable punches and ability with his elbow
- The likes of Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya have also come into contention
- Ngannou has selected Ciryl Gane as the fighter with the best kickboxing style
UFC heavyweight titan Francis Ngannou has chosen his rival Jon Jones as the fighter who is the ‘best striker’ in the sport.
Conor McGregor started a debate with Max Holloway, his former opponent, over who has the fiercest punch in the UFC, and placed himself near the top of the pile.
The likes of Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya have also come into contention, but Ngannou has instead opted for the formidable ‘Bones’.
UFC heavyweight star Francis Ngannou believes Jon Jones is the ‘best striker’ in the sport
Jones (L) ranks often in the list of the most formidable punchers to have taken to the Octagon
He also believes Ciryl Gane, who he will lock horns with this month, has the most ability as a kickboxer in the octagon.
On his official YouTube channel, Ngannou said: ‘If I’m about to say the best striker for MMA striking, it would still be Jon Jones.
‘But if we go kickboxing style, then I think it will be Ciryl Gane.
Ngannou says Jones’ (above) striking is ‘perfect’ and has pointed out his ability with his elbow
‘But for MMA striking, I would give it to Jon Jones. Because, like, with his elbow and all this stuff that he does.. the oblique kick, all those stuff.
‘For MMA, is the perfect striking.’
Ngannou, meanwhile, has previously said he is excited by the prospect of bringing an end to Gane’s ‘hype’ ahead of their heavyweight tussle at UFC 270.
He will look to defend his title for the first time since defeating Stipe Miocic.
Ngannou has also said he is excited by the prospect of ending the ‘hype’ around Ciryl Gane
But he is also considering a sensational switch to boxing during the standoff surrounding his UFC contract, and has called out Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Having publicly rowed with UFC president Dana White over a host of issues, he has demanded a boxing clause be added into his next deal.
Indeed, he has revealed he would like to ’cause some damage’ to a heavyweight boxer in the future, and is keen to test himself at an elite level.
Speaking to TMZ, he said: ‘It’s always been down the line. This [boxing] is something that, I’m not taking my eyes off.
But he reserved praise for Gane, his upcoming opponent, by hailing his kickboxing ability
‘This is going to happen either way, and even if I stay — even if or when the UFC and I, we finally, we finalise a [new] deal, the boxing part has to be into it, because I can’t see myself to retire without boxing.
‘Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder – I would like to test myself to their level,’ Ngannou explained.
‘It’s not the same sport, but although I’m the champion, so I’m in the top in this division, and at the end of the day, it’s just about throwing hands, throwing punches, having a good delivery system to throw those bombs.
‘And I’m sure that if I deliver my own punches pretty good, I can make damage [on them].’