UFC ‘DON’T wait for Jon Jones’ amid furious pay queue and is ‘ready to have Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis rematch’ rather than meet American’s demands
- Francis Ngannou became heavyweight champion with KO from Stipe Miocic
- Victory offered the prospect of a huge fight against the great Jon Jones
- But American is embroiled in yet another row over pay at the UFC
- The company would be unwilling to comply with Jones’s demands
The UFC will not meet Jon Jones’ wage demands and has grown cold at the idea of a mega fight between the American and Francis Ngannou.
Bones is embroiled in another bitter feud with his employers, saying last week that £ 7m would be far too low a bid to take on the new heavyweight champion.
But according to ESPNThe UFC refuses to give in and now wants to make the Derrick Lewis rematch.
Jon Jones is unlikely to meet his demands by the UFC for a fight with Francis Ngannou
Derrick Lewis (left) interrupted Jones and said he would fight for less with Ngannou (right)
UFC has ties on Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis kicked ‘, Ariel Helwani wrote on Twitter
But the timing isn’t working for Ngannou (and I don’t blame him; he just won the belt). A bigger story here, IMO, is, at least for now, that they don’t like to wait for (Jon) Jones.
Since June 12, at least for now, not viable, are they revisiting Jones? Could be. But Lewis is ready, willing and able.
It wouldn’t be surprised if they just try to book that rematch for a while later in the summer / fall. It doesn’t look like they are willing to pay Jones’ price now. ‘
Jones’ coach, Mike Winkeljohn, believes the fight with Ngannou could be worth around £ 36 million to his man if the UFC were willing to give him his worth.
Jones is looking to add to his legacy, having dominated light heavyweight for so long
“I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be a $ 50 million fight,” he said Radio entryAnd the UFC still bankers, and is able to pay off much of the debts they have and move on. I think the UFC needs a superstar like Jon Jones. I think
“Conor McGregor was that man for a while, and he fell off. But those big names are what makes the UFC money in the end. ‘
Jones is desperate for the fight after leaving his light-heavyweight belt to move up a division.
Last week he talked about how big a collision with Ngannou could be. He said, ‘I feel like this fight is monumental, match-ups like this don’t happen very often in your life.
‘I would stop Francis in my first fight against heavyweight would be nothing short of extraordinary. Ali versus foreman, hosted by the UFC.
Dana White is considering booking Lewis against Ngannou II as the next heavyweight title fight
‘I spent years working out my a **, concussion, surgeries, fighting the toughest competition UFC had to offer during my twenties for about 2 million per fight.
“I’m just trying to get my payday, the fight we all believe is someday possible.”
Lewis and Ngannou put out one of the worst fights in heavyweight history, which the American won on the scorecards.
But both men have since returned with a string of KO wins, and it’s the obvious battle to fight for the UFC if they’re adamant not to negotiate with Jones.