Everyone needs to see Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou, however UFC president Dana White isn’t blinking on Bones’ worth.
Jones has beforehand stated that his first dialog with UFC ended with him telling them that something between $eight million-$10 million could be too low.
Straight after Ngannou dethroned Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, White was posed with questions on whether or not Jones could be subsequent.
White was quoted as saying Jones would battle for the UFC heavyweight title on his debut, however he shortly talked about Derrick Lewis within the press convention too.
That is fascinating as a result of Lewis, together with Miocic, are the one two males to have ever overwhelmed Ngannou in UFC. Lewis additionally beat fellow prime contender Curtis Blaydes final outing, so he figures to be shut if not due a title shot.
In line with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, UFC supplied that battle to Lewis this week for June, however the champion turned it down.
“UFC has kicked the tyres on Francis Ngannou x Derrick Lewis on June 12, sources say. Nevertheless 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.
“Since 6/12, not less than for now, doesn’t viable (for Ngannou), do they revisit Jones? Perhaps. However Lewis is prepared, prepared and ready. Wouldn’t be shocked if they only attempt to ebook that rematch for someday later in the summertime/fall. Doesn’t seem like they’re prepared to satisfy Jones’ worth proper now.”
Assuming all the pieces is correct, UFC have already moved on from negotiations with Jones and are different choices for Ngannou.
The Jones vs Ngannou battle would undoubtedly be huge, however White doesn’t precisely have a historical past of caving to calls for.
Jones feels he must be paid what his standing within the recreation as one of many biggest pound-for-pound fighters must be price, particularly towards presumably the most effective heavyweight ever in Ngannou.
For Jones’ half, he’s steadily obtained himself prepared for the transition to heavyweight and he’s trying in implausible situation. He’s prepared and Ngannou needs the battle, however will White pay what’s required?
So far as base pay go, the best UFC have ever disclosed for a single battle was to Conor McGregor for UFC 229 towards Khabib Nurmagomedov. In fact, the fighters can and do make extra by bonuses, sponsorships and different avenues, however that’s what UFC report.