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 previously 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.
Naturally, this decision was met with a lot of backlash from fans and even Ngannou expressed his disappointment. While speaking to TMZ Sports, Francis Ngannou was asked about the UFC 265 fight between Darrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane.
Francis Ngannou made it clear that he doesn’t think the fight is a title fight and is merely to determine the #1 contender for his title.
“It’s just a contender fight. It’s not an interim or whatever them guys are talking about. It’s a contender fight. They’re fighting for the #1 spot contender. It’s not a title fight for me.
The UFC undisputed heavyweight champion is here, and the belt is mine. It’s home, that’s all. I don’t know what they’re cooking out there, but the belt is home. It’s sitting in my mom’s kitchen right now. I own it cause I earned it. It’s not something they gave me.”
We will have to wait and see who will end up winning the fight in the main event of UFC 265 and then face off against Francis Ngannou in the future.
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