NEWLY-CROWNED UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou wants his first title defence to be a blockbuster showdown with Jon Jones.
Ngannou was called out by the former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion moments after he ripped the 265lb strap from Stipe Miocic's clutches at UFC 260.
But an ongoing pay dispute between Jones and the UFC brass is currently preventing the mega-money fight from coming to fruition.
Cameroon's Ngannou is eager for the fight to materialise, saying during an appearance on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson: "That would definitely be the No.1 fight, Jon Jones.
"Jon Jones definitely. But at this point, we don't know what's going to happen."
Jones, 33, wants a payday north of £7.3million ($10m) to lock horns with the UFC's first African heavyweight champion.
Ngannou, 34, reckons the American is deserving a big cheque, adding: "I mean there's nothing wrong with that.
"Everybody in this position would like to have compensation.
"I mean, basically, a guy like Jones, he's has been around very long and has been doing this sport and this company grow.
"So yeah, I think there's nothing wrong about that. But once again, I don't know what the deal is.
"I would like that fight to happen."
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Despite still being at loggerheads with the UFC – who he recently asked to terminate his contract – Jones is optimistic a money-spinning bout with The Predator will come to fruition.
Bones told Fight Hype earlier this week: “I think it’s gonna happen. I think the UFC eventually will do the right thing.
"I think this is one of the greatest fights of our generation and it would be really sad if it weren’t to happen.
"I believe that it will. It would be a real tragedy [if it didn’t happen]. It’ll happen.
“All in good time. We’re patient and like I said, just doing what we can do and controlling what we can control and doing our part.”
Jones is staying ready just in case his team reaches an agreement with the UFC, adding: “Right now, we’re just training.
“We’re training and just focusing on things we can control, which is being in the best shape and I think me just getting in shape sells the fight even more.
"People want to see two titans and Francis is already a titan and I’m trying to become a titan. I want to look like a titan.
"I want to be the same size as this guy if not bigger when we get out there. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“Hopefully the fight happens. We’ve just got to stay focused, stay training and see what the UFC is going to do on their part.”
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