Report: UFC Tried Booking Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis 2 For June 12

The UFC has reportedly attempted to book Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis for June 12 but it didn’t pan out.

Ngannou is the newly-minted UFC Heavyweight Champion. He captured the gold in his rematch with Stipe Miocic. Ngannou scored the second-round knockout to lay claim to the gold.

Jon Jones and the UFC have been at odds over pay, which has led the UFC to seemingly move on to Lewis as the next challenger for Ngannou’s title. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the UFC tried booking Ngannou vs. Lewis 2 but the June 12 date was a no-go for the champion.

“UFC has kicked the tires on Francis Ngannou x Derrick Lewis on June 12, sources say. However the timing doesn’t work for Ngannou (and I don’t blame him; he just won the belt). Bigger story here, IMO, is, at least for now, they don’t seem keen on waiting around for Jones.

“Since 6/12, at least for now, doesn’t viable, do they revisit Jones? Maybe. But Lewis is ready, willing, and able. Wouldn’t be surprised if they just try to book that rematch for sometime later in the summer/fall. Doesn’t look like they are willing to meet Jones’ price right now.”

Back in July 2018, Ngannou and Lewis did battle in a highly-anticipated heavyweight clash. In a bout that featured two renowned knockout artists, both men underwhelmed en route to a decision. Lewis emerged victorious.

Fast forward to 2021 and the intrigue for a rematch has never been higher with most fans being under the assumption that things will play out far differently.

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