Francis Ngannou isn’t any completely different than the remainder of the MMA group in his response to the UFC reserving a Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane interim title combat at UFC 265
In a transfer that has the MMA world baffled, the UFC is reportedly going to have Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane conflict in an interim heavyweight championship combat to headline UFC 265 on Aug. 7.
This resolution comes after numerous reviews and rumors that Lewis was going to problem present UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou. Negotiations reportedly stalled attributable to Ngannou needing a bit extra time, nevertheless it had very lately appeared seemingly that Ngannou and Lewis might have met in September.
Ngannou didn’t draw back from hiding his displeasure with the UFC’s resolution on social media.
Ngannou was straight referencing his UFC 249 conflict with Jairzinho Rozenstruik, which Ngannou received in simply 20 seconds through knockout.
On the time, negotiations have been ongoing for the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy. As a result of uncertainty of the combat and Miocic’s then-immediate combating future, mixed with the COVID pandemic, there was a push to make Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik an interim title combat — which the UFC apparently rejected.
The 20-second end in Could 2020 was Ngannou’s first combat since knocking off Junior dos Santos 11 months prior, and Ngannou wouldn’t combat once more till UFC 260 in March, the place he knocked out Miocic in two rounds to lastly change into heavyweight champion.
Lewis scored an upset KO of Curtis Blaydes earlier this yr, whereas Gane simply defeated Alexander Volkov by resolution in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 30 on June 26.
UFC 265 is deliberate to happen in Houston, TX, the hometown of Lewis.