JON JONES and Francis Ngannou are both ‘afraid’ to face one another, UFC great Georges St-Pierre has claimed.

A super-fight between the pair became a real possibility last month when Ngannou brutally ripped the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic’s clutches.

Francis Ngannou ripped the UFC heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic's clutches last month

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Francis Ngannou ripped the UFC heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic’s clutches last monthCredit: Getty
Future UFC Hall-of-Famer Jon Jones is eyeing a blockbuster showdown with The Predator

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Future UFC Hall-of-Famer Jon Jones is eyeing a blockbuster showdown with The PredatorCredit: Getty

But an ongoing pay dispute between Jones and the UFC brass has threatened to scupper the mega-money fight.

Jones’ demands have raised questions over his eagerness to face Ngannou, with some claiming he’s ‘scared’ to share the octagon with the vicious knockout artist.

That notion has irked Jones, although UFC Hall-of-Famer St-Pierre insists both men are worried about facing each other.

During a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, he said: ” Yes, Jon Jones is afraid of Francis.

“And Francis is afraid of Jon Jones because if they would not be afraid, that’s mean they don’t care.”

The French Canadian continued: “Fighting, I’m sure, is important for them.

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“Success is important for them, and when you put it all on the line, it’s normal to be afraid.

“If the price is good, even though he’s afraid, regardless of how he feels, he will do the job.

“He will bite in his mouthpiece and do the job.”

The UFC are seemingly unwilling to meet Jones’ asking price for the fight, but Ngannou – the promotion’s first African heavyweight champion – believes the bout will come to fruition.

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.”

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How Jon Jones stacks up against Francis NgannouCredit: GETTY

Ngannou, 34, reckons Jones is deserving of a mega payday, saying: “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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Francis Ngannou insists Jon Jones deserves a bumper payday for the fightCredit: Getty

Jones, 33, hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 last February.

But the former long-reigning light-heavyweight champ shares Ngannou’s optimism over the fight, recently telling Fight Hype: “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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