Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has opened up as an underdog in the initial odds for a potential heavyweight title fight against new champion Francis Ngannou.
The odds come via a tweet from TSN Sports' Aaron Bronstetter, who displayed a graph showcasing the line movement of a potential Jones and Ngannou clash from November 2020 until last night's UFC 260 event. Jones is currently a +175 underdog which would mark the first time he hasn't been favored to win a fight since his Octagon debut against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 back in August 2008.
Pretty dramatic line movement for Ngannou vs. Jones following UFC 260.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 28, 2021
Jones is currently a +175 underdog, the biggest underdog number he has had.
The closest was his debut against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 (mean odds: +169) pic.twitter.com/HgnBu4t9qu
Ngannou became the new UFC heavyweight champion after viciously knocking out Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 260, avenging his previous loss to the former champion back at UFC 220 in January 2018. After the victory UFC commentator Joe Rogan didn't hesitate to ask Ngannou about a fight with Jones next which the promotion's newest superstar seemed more than up for and even teased a possible July or August date for the showdown.