‘Derrick Lewis Is the Fight to Make’- Dana White Says Jon Jones Has to Do Only One Thing if He Wants Francis Ngannou Fight

Published 03/28/2021, 1:41 AM EDT
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)


The UFC heavyweight division is in the news right now after Francis Ngannou knocked out the former heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, to win the belt. The ink is still fresh on the prefixable honors for the Cameroonian, but people have already started talking about the next fight.

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Dana White came out and answered questions about the fight in the post-fight press conference. A reporter asked him about a potential fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou after ‘Bones’ tweeted a rather cryptic call out for ‘The Predator’.

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Dana White warned Jones to move down to 185 in the footsteps of Ngannou’s dominant victory. However, Jones didn’t hold back and tweeted, “Go to 185? I didn’t gain all this weight for no reason.

The reporter brought Dana’s attention to this, and he smiled in response. “I like it. That sounds serious, that sounds serious then, Jon. Call Hunter right now. We can make that fight tonight, Jon, call Hunter right now,” he said.

The prospect of another super fight in the heavyweight division is mouth-watering. Additionally, it doesn’t really get any bigger than this as a fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou could determine the direction in which the division will move.

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Dana White asks Jon Jones to call him for the Francis Ngannou fight

Dana White also talked about other heavyweights in the division. A reporter asked him if Jones vs. Ngannou was the fight to make, but White disagreed. “Well, Derrick Lewis is the fight to make,” he said. Derrick Lewis recently beat Curtis Blaydes and was the probable contender for the belt.

He also talked about Jones’ ambition and said, “It’s one thing to go out and tweet and say I want it and this and that. Do you want the fight? I promise you, we can call Derrick Lewis or one of these other heavyweights, and they’ll want the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on prior to his UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

White reiterated his point and said that if Jones really wants the fight, he knows that he can get it. He asked the former light heavyweight champion to call the Executive Vice President & Business Office Chief at UFC, Hunter Campbell.

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The UFC President also mentioned the huge star power of Francis Ngannou now that he is the heavyweight champion of the world and said, “All he’s gotta do is pick up the phone and call Hunter, and we can get the deal done.”

Do you think Jon Jones will fight Francis Ngannou? Do you think he has a chance against ‘The Predator’?

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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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