Francis Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 260 earlier in the year and since then Jon Jones set his sights on facing Ngannou for the title.
However, a lot of drama ensued when it came to actually making the fight happen as Jones had revealed in the past that he felt undervalued and simply wanted to be paid better for the fight. Ultimately, it stated that he will not be facing Ngannou anytime soon as Ngannou was set to face Derrick Lewis this Summer.
That also ended up changing recently as UFC President Dana White announced an interim heavyweight title fight between Darrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane for UFC 265. This was done after Ngannou informed the promotion that he won’t be able to compete by August.à
Naturally this decision was met with a lot of backlash from fans and even Ngannou expressed his disappointment. However, this doesn’t change the fact that Francis Ngannou is one of the top stars in the UFC.
While speaking to Oscar Willis from TheMacLife, Dana White claimed that UFC could have parted ways with Francis Ngannou. This was after he suffered two consecutive losses.
“He [Francis Ngannou] had lost two in a row there, I think, at one point and we could have parted ways with him but we didn’t. We stuck with him and now he’s the world champ.”
It is certainly great that the promotion didn’t decide to release Francis Ngannou as that would have been a huge mistake. With an interim title fight scheduled to take place at UFC 265, the ongoing drama between the UFC and Francis Ngannou seems to only increase with each passing day.