Dana White has questioned if Jon Jones wants to strive in opposition to Francis Ngannou, pointing out assorted heavyweights akin to Derrick Lewis would happily strive in opposition to the newly crowned champion.
The heavyweight title modified hands at UFC 260 on Saturday evening, as Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic by 2nd-spherical knockout. With the old light heavyweight champion Jones poised to cross up to heavyweight, all signs pointed in direction of Ngannou vs. Jones subsequent.
White was as soon as unimpressed by Jones seeking to barter for greater pay after the strive in opposition to and said the promotion is willing to creep down a definite route for Ngannou subsequent.
“Derrick Lewis is the strive in opposition to to procure, however if Jon Jones indubitably wants that strive in opposition to, and listen, it’s one thing to exit and tweet and enlighten you desire it, and I positioned on the burden and this and that – elevate out you desire the strive in opposition to?” White said at the UFC 260 put up-strive in opposition to presser (h/t MMA Combating). “I promise you we are in a position to call Derrick Lewis or this sort of assorted heavyweights and they wish the strive in opposition to.
“If Jon Jones indubitably wants the strive in opposition to, Jon Jones knows he can earn the strive in opposition to. All he’s bought to elevate out is call and elevate out it. It’s easy to claim you desire the strive in opposition to, however whenever you in actual fact desire the strive in opposition to, Francis Ngannou is the heavyweight champion of the arena appropriate now. All he’s bought to elevate out is recall up the cell phone and make contact with [UFC EVP and Chief Business Officer] Hunter [Campbell] and we are in a position to earn the deal done.”
White went on to claim if he was as soon as Jones, he would originate up transferring all of the most life like doubtless method down to middleweight. Jones caught on to this and spoke back to the UFC president.
Proceed to 185? I didn’t procure all this weight for no motive
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2021
“I enjoy it,” White replied to Jones’ tweet. “That sounds serious then, Jon. Call Hunter appropriate now. We will be in a position to procure that strive in opposition to tonight. Call Hunter appropriate now.”