Dana White responds to Francis Ngannou’s demand for Jon Jones fight
UFC President Dana White is adamant to give Derrick Lewis a title shot against Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou despite the title holder’s desire to fight Jon Jones instead.
In multiple interviews and on social media, Ngannou has made it clear that he wants to fight Jon Jones next after dethroning Stipe Miocic in the rematch at UFC 260 in March.
But while addressing media after UFC 263, Dana White said: “Derrick Lewis is getting that fight. It’s Derrick Lewis’ fight. And Jon Jones, hopefully by then, will be ready for the winner.”
The UFC boss said this in response to a journalist’s question to what did White think of Ngannou’s recent interview with TMZ Sports where the Predator reiterated that Jones will face him next.
On the other hand, Jones wants to take a few more months before making his heavyweight debut. His statement came weeks after failed negotiations over his pay.
Jones had revealed that he wanted the UFC to pay him over $10 million if they want to see him in action against Ngannou. The fighter was also upset with Dana White for saying that the former light-heavyweight champ would be too scared to lock horns against the Predator.