Dana White: We’ve Moved On From Jon Jones Fighting Francis Ngannou
UFC President Dana White insists the UFC has decided to move on from Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones.
Jones has been calling for more money in order to take a bout with Ngannou. White has claimed that Jones wants $30 million guaranteed to fight Ngannou. It’s a number that the UFC is unwilling to meet.
During an interview with TMZ Sports, White said Ngannou vs. Jones is no longer being entertained.
“Yeah, I’ve absolutely moved on. Listen, I put on fights every Saturday. We have a window where we try to build some fights and make some things happen. If the fights don’t happen within that window, we move on, and realistically, I mean I’ve been saying it since the beginning, Derrick Lewis is the guy who should be getting the title shots. He beat Francis Ngannou. He’s next in line, he’s coming off of great performances and that’s a wrap. We’re moving on.”
White doesn’t appear to have any animosity towards Jones over his money demand, however.
“That’s up to Jon. He could absolutely fight again at 205 lbs. He said he wouldn’t fight [Stipe Miocic] and now Derrick and Francis are fighting so we’ll see how that fight plays out. There’s nothing wrong with going out on top either — Jon Jones is undefeated, he’s never been beat.”
“For those people that don’t know, you see that 1 loss on his record, he didn’t lose that fight he won that fight in dominant fashion like most of his fights. It was a time when the Nevada Athletic Commission was at its weakest and there was a referee that shouldn’t have been in there and he stole that fight from Jon Jones. So, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for him to go out on top.”