Dana White Lays Out A Blueprint For The UFC’s Heavyweight Division
The UFC’s heavyweight division has recently gotten extremely interesting. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones recently vacated his title and announced his intentions to move up in weight. Would UFC President Dana White automatically make him the top contender for the title, however?
White recently spoke to ESPN regarding the status of the heavyweight title, currently being held by Stipe Miocic. While he agrees that Jones (26-1, 1 NC) should get a shot at the belt, there is someone ahead of him. That happens to be the number one ranked fighter in the heavyweight division, Francis Ngannou.
“[Jon Jones is] the longtime light heavyweight champion. In my opinion, he’s the greatest of all time, and if he wants to come back and take a shot at the heavyweight championship, I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” White stated, via MMA Fighting. “But he can’t just jump in front of Ngannou right now.”
Ngannou (15-3) is on a four-fight won streak and has won all four bouts via some form of knockout. His last fight was in May at UFC 249, where he took out Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The fighter born in Cameroon would be avenging a unanimous decision loss he suffered at the hands of Miocic at UFC 220 back in January 2018.
Miocic just recently beat Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 in a trilogy bout to retain his title. It is unknown when he and Ngannou would fight again. As far as the rest of the top five is concerned, Curtis Blaydes (#2) and Derrick Lewis (#4) are set to fight one another soon.
As of now, White will be planning around current matchups until he decides the best course of action for Jones.
“[Ngannou vs. Miocic is] definitely the fight that’s going to happen at heavyweight now,” White went on to say. “Francis Ngannou has earned that title shot. Then we’ll see what happens… We’ll see when Jon Jones’ timing is to come back and who makes sense for him.”