Dana White insists Jon Jones desires the Francis Ngannou battle, however provided that he’s assured $30million.
As a substitute, the UFC President admitted it’s possible Derrick Lewis will get the subsequent shot on the newly topped heavyweight champion.
Ngannou exacted his revenge on Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 final month to propel himself to superstardom after greedy UFC gold.
Nevertheless, his subsequent opponent stays unclear – maybe due to his devastating end towards Miocic – though followers have clamoured for Jones.
The previous light-heavyweight champion vacated his belt to pursue his dream of turning into a two-weight champion and quash Khabib Nurmagomedov’s claims to be the pound-for-pound better of this period.
Regardless of publicly stating his want to battle ‘The Predator’ and declare his belt, White claims ‘Bones’ has priced himself out of the battle.
“He’s [Jones] speaking he desires $30 million assured,” White advised Invoice Simmons. “These guys all share within the pay-per-view… so he’ll share within the earnings of the battle.
“That’s the way it works; that’s the way you run a enterprise and also you don’t go broke. We tried to work with Jon and we ultimately have to maneuver on.”
Ngannou additionally desires to battle Jones, praising the 33-year-old instantly after his battle in Las Vegas while Miocic was barely regaining consciousness on the canvas beside him.
However a rematch with Lewis is smart for the division (if not the followers) as Lewis holds a win over the present champion from their stale affair in 2018.
However White advised Yahoo: “It’s most likely going to be ‘The Black Beast’. On the finish of the day, Derrick Lewis and Ngannou is the battle. That’s the battle to make proper now.
“Derrick Lewis is a heavyweight; he’s been preventing at heavyweight. He’s earned this shot (towards Ngannou),” he continued. “He’s received a win over him. It’s the battle to make.”