BREAKING: Dana White Confirms Next Opponent for Francis Ngannou

Published 04/20/2021, 2:35 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC Heavyweight division is currently one of the most talked-about divisions of the promotion. When Francis Ngannou beat the former champion and a fighter who people consider to be the greatest in the division, Stipe Miocic, all hell broke loose. UFC President Dana White consequently has a dilemma on his hands.

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Ngannou’s next opponent is the talk of the MMA world, and there are two possible candidates, Jon Jones, and Derrick Lewis.

Lewis recently beat Curtis Blaydes to separate himself from the pack and become the #1 contender in the division. However, Jon Jones is the pound-for-pound best-ranked fighter in the UFC and was the Light Heavyweight champion until recently.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jones stepped up to the Heavyweight division to improve his already-shimmering legacy. Dana White talked to Kevin Iole in an interview for Yahoo! Sports and opened up about Ngannou’s next opponent.

Iole asked him if there was a co-main event for the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier fight card set for July 10th, but White said no.

The reporter then asked him if Jon Jones was going to be Ngannou’s next fight, but much to the reporter’s chagrin, White repeated no.

It’s probably gonna be the Black Beast. At the end of the day, Derrick Lewis and Ngannou is the fight (to make). That’s the fight to make right now,” he answered.

Dana White believes that Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis won’t be as bad as the first time

White further talked about Lewis’ legitimacy and added that he had earned his shot. “He’s a heavyweight; he has been fighting at heavyweight, he’s earned this shot, he’s got a win over him. It’s the fight to make,” he said.

Iole brought White’s attention to their first fight, which was an absolute snooze fest, and White laughed. He answered, “That fight didn’t do what everybody expected it to do, but it can’t go bad twice, can it?”

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon stands in the Octagon before facing Derrick Lewis in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Recent events would prove White’s point. Ngannou has progressed so much from that version of himself and has now become a cold-blooded killer. He has kept his knockout power and accompanied it with some great fight IQ.

Do you think Derrick Lewis can beat Francis Ngannou? Should the UFC have invested their time in a fight against Jon Jones instead?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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