Derrick Lewis is in negotiations to fight heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a rematch after the UFC couldn’t attain an agreement with Jon Jones. “The Gloomy Beast” has accredited the bout and is unswerving waiting to hear aid from the fight promotion.
Jones, the old gentle heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound kingpin, was as soon as expected to face Ngannou in his heavyweight debut however UFC president Dana White mentioned Jones was as soon as asking for too mighty money and moved on to reserving the Ngannou vs. Lewis rematch.
“We tried to work with Jon and we sooner or later must transfer on ensuing from, realistically, in all honesty, Derrick Lewis is the man who deserves the fight. Derrick Lewis is a heavyweight. He beat Francis Ngannou. He’s appeared factual in his ultimate couple of fights. He’s ranked within the tip three, I specialise in. He deserves the fight, so that’s the fight that must happen. We’ll unswerving roll and comprise what we comprise. When Jon’s ready, he’ll enable us to know,” White unbiased nowadays mentioned on a recent podcast on TheRinger.com.
“In his deal, he’s talking he wants $30 million assured,” he persisted. “The intention that this works is these guys all portion within the pay-per-stare. You watched that here is gonna be a tall fight. I accept as true with you and specialise in it’s gonna be a tall fight. Smartly, he’s going to portion within the earnings of the fight. That’s how it works. That’s the intention you scoot a industrial and also you don’t lumber broke.”
Jones disputes that he requested for $30 million to face Ngannou and has since ruin up from his longtime administration crew First Round Administration.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Lewis was as soon as requested whether he belief Jones deserved the numbers White build aside out. Lewis is hoping to finalize the contracts to face Ngannou a 2d time, however believes Jones deserves to be paid successfully.
“The fellow’s by no intention lost. He’s defended his belt that over and over. He’s been a champion for so long,” Lewis mentioned. “I’ve that he deserves it. He deserves it. He’s the GOAT. You’ve obtained to pay him fancy he’s the most efficient fighter ever.”