It’s fairly clear at this level that each Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou wish to struggle one another in a UFC heavyweight title match-up. Nonetheless, it additionally appears that each these fighters view their inclusion in such a bout as being price significantly greater than the UFC is keen to pay them.
A Jones-Ngannou match-up was floated final summer time, however Ngannou was vocal about not eager to struggle Jones for the sort of pay he had been making as of late. And now we’ve got Jones going public with claims that a suggestion within the vary of $8-10 million for his this struggle could be ‘manner too low’.
Based mostly on Jones’ brief lived tweets relating to the scenario, it positive appears that the UFC will not be eager about paying blockbuster costs for a blockbuster struggle. Jones’ frustration with the scenario resulted in now deleted tweets calling for his UFC launch.
As we speak ESPN’s Ariel Helwani experiences that the UFC is seeking to transfer on from Jones and is as a substitute eager about Ngannou taking over Derrick Lewis for his first ever title defence.
“UFC has kicked the tires on Francis Ngannou x Derrick Lewis on June 12, sources say,” wrote Helwani. “Nonetheless the timing doesn’t work for Ngannou (and I don’t blame him; he simply received the belt). Greater story right here, IMO, is, not less than for now, they don’t appear eager on ready round for Jones.”
Ready round for Jones to simply accept a suggestion he doesn’t suppose is satisfactory? It’s unclear what Helwani thinks the UFC is ready for Jones to do precisely.
Helwani adopted up that tweet with a declare that no matter is happening with Jones and the UFC, Lewis is “prepared, keen and ready” to face Ngannou. He added that an Ngannou vs. Lewis showdown could be focused for late summer time/fall.
If Ngannou does face Lewis, this can be a rematch of the final struggle Ngannou misplaced. These two confronted one another at UFC 226 in 2018 in a struggle that was not for the ages. Lewis received that low-octane bout with a unanimous determination.
After that defeat Ngannou went on a tear. The Predator completed his subsequent 5 fights in emphatic vogue. He stopped Curtis Blaydes in 45 seconds, Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds, Junior dos Santos in simply over a minute and Jairzinho Rozenstruik in simply 20 seconds.
At UFC 260 in March he took his time, KOing Stipe Miocic within the second spherical to carry the heavyweight title.