Jon Jones is looking like a beast, but stubborn UFC boss Dana White has offered Derrick Lewis next shot at Francis Ngannou

Everybody wants to see Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou, but UFC president Dana White isn’t blinking on Bones’ price.

Jones has previously said that his first conversation with UFC ended with him telling them that anything between $8 million-$10 million would be too low.

Jones and Ngannou is THE fight to make

Straight after Ngannou dethroned Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, White was posed with questions about whether Jones would be next.

White was quoted as saying Jones would fight for the UFC heavyweight title on his debut, but he quickly mentioned Derrick Lewis in the press conference too.

This is interesting because Lewis, along with Miocic, are the only two men to have ever beaten Ngannou in UFC. Lewis also beat fellow top contender Curtis Blaydes last time out, so he figures to be close if not due a title shot.

Lewis secured an emphatic second round KO of Curtis Blaydes
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According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, UFC offered that fight to Lewis this week for June, but the champion turned it down.

“UFC has kicked the tyres on Francis Ngannou x Derrick Lewis on June 12, sources say. However the timing doesn’t work for Ngannou (and I don’t blame him; he just won the belt). Bigger story here, IMO, is, at least for now, they don’t seem keen on waiting around for Jones.

“Since 6/12, at least for now, doesn’t viable (for Ngannou), do they revisit Jones? Maybe. But Lewis is ready, willing and able. Wouldn’t be surprised if they just try to book that rematch for sometime later in the summer/fall. Doesn’t look like they are willing to meet Jones’ price right now.”

Assuming everything is accurate, UFC have already moved on from negotiations with Jones and are looking at other options for Ngannou.

The Jones vs Ngannou fight would undoubtedly be massive, but White doesn’t exactly have a history of caving to demands.

Jones feels he should be paid what his status in the game as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters should be worth, especially against possibly the best heavyweight ever in Ngannou.

‘Bones’ feels like Dana White ‘hates’ him
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For Jones’ part, he’s steadily got himself ready for the transition to heavyweight and he is looking in fantastic condition. He’s ready and Ngannou wants the fight, but will White pay what’s required?

As far as base pay go, the highest UFC have ever disclosed for a single fight was to Conor McGregor for UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Of course, the fighters can and do make more through bonuses, sponsorships and other avenues, but that is what UFC report.

Source: Sport

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