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JON JONES admitted he could be knocked "the f*** out" by UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou in one round - backs himself to win if he can survive the opening five minutes.

The light-heavyweight champion has long pondered leaping up a division, and appeared to have found the perfect opponent in heavy-hitter Ngannou.

3 Jon Jones admitted he could be knocked 'the f*** out' by UFC heavyweight Francis NgannouCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3 Jones says if he can get past one round with Ngannou then he would win the fight

That was until promoter Dana White accused Jones of demanding £24million to face the Nigerian puncher - something the fighter flat out denies.

It led to the 32-year-old threatening to walk out of the UFC, feeling he was being undervalued while adamant all he asked was for an increase on his usual £4m purse.

And justifying his pay rise, Jones insisted Ngannou can "break your face" and such a risk deserves an improved reward.

He said on Steve-O's podcast: "With Francis Ngannou, it is very simple. Get comfortable with the worst-case scenario. The worst-case scenario he knocks you the f*** out, he possibly fractures a bone in your face.

"That is the worst-case scenario, you get real comfortable with that idea, and then it becomes easy.

"If he doesn't knock you out and break your face, you are smart, fast, you have a chin, you have great head movement, you can wrestle. There are a lot of ways things can play out.


"So, I just think about the worst-case scenario. Gt yourself mentally to a place where you are walking into that. Like, okay, I'm getting ready to go out there and this guy could possibly hurt me tonight.

"Francis Ngannou is dangerous, yes, and I believe he has a chance to knock me the f*** out. Let's say that out loud.

"But, if I don't get knocked out, I believe I win that fight. I just have to get through round one and I win that fight."

Despite the lure of moving up to heavyweight and possibly making a run to become a two-division champion, Jones has "no interest" in fighting again until his pay dispute with the UFC is resolved.

The pound-for-pound star is also is fighting not only to enhance his pay, but for the lesser known UFC fighters who are still needing to work second jobs to make meet.

He said: “I don’t want to fight soon. I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I’m worth.”

“I’m not asking for anything outrageous, and I know we’re in a pandemic, and I know when you’re a multimillionaire and you’re asking for more, it makes you seem like this greedy person.

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“I’m very aware of all of this, but I’m also very aware that I have the voice and the platform to make change.

“Most of the guys who are doing the absolute worst are not in the position that they can say publicly, ‘I have a second job, I’m borrowing money from my parents'.

“I know so many fighters who are living in the Jackson Wink MMA gym because they can’t afford to have their own apartment, and they’re UFC fighters. So this is sad.”


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Hate Hoax: Oregon Politico Jonathan Lopez Admits He Wrote Racist Letter to Himself

Jonathan Lopez, an unsuccessful local candidate in Umatilla County, Oregon, has confessed to penning an anonymous racist letter to himself last month, police revealed this weekend.

Lopez, who is of Latino heritage, claimed to have discovered a letter addressed to him filled with racist slurs on June 23, which reportedly included the warning that he and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here,” according to KEPR-TV. However, he has now fessed up to being the author of the hateful message, the East Oregonian reports.

“The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today,” Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston told the newspaper.

“Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media,” Edmiston wrote. “The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”

He said the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office for review for initiating a false report, a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.

Lopez shared a picture of the letter to his Facebook page and has since deleted it. “Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this county,” it said. “[W]e will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f–king Mexicans in the area!”

In his comments on the purported hate mail, Lopez claimed that he “holds no resentment for whomever wrote this.”

“I’m just simply heartbroken for the lack of knowledge, education, and respect missing,” he stated. “I pray for you and wish you prosperity in your life.”

Lopez lost a primary election for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners in May 2020. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Lopez were not successful. He told the East Oregonian that he meant to speak with Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience.

“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out,” he said in the written admission acquired by Edmiston. Lopez said he “never meant to mislead” the public with the fabricated message.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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