Francis Ngannou BLASTS Dana White’s justification for interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 265 as champion insists ‘nothing good is coming my way’ ahead of Derrick Lewis v Ciryl Gane
- Francis Ngannou has blasted the decision to create an interim heavyweight title
- Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will meet for the interim title at UFC 265 in Texas
- Ngannou, 34, won the heavyweight title five months ago against Stipe Miocic
- He blasted Dana White’s likening the unification to boxing fights of old
- Ngannou believes ‘nothing good is coming my way’ as he awaits another fight
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has blasted Dana White’s reasoning behind introducing an interim title for Derrick Lewis v Ciryl Gane.
Lewis and Gane meet in Houston, Texas, this weekend at UFC 265 with the victor clinching the interim heavyweight title, only five months after Ngannou won the undisputed title by beating Stipe Miocic.
The decision to make UFC 265’s main event an interim title fight has been greeted with negative reactions from MMA fans, but White defended the decision and likened the situation to ‘the old days’ of unification bouts in boxing.
Francis Ngannou has blasted Dana White’s justification to create an interim heavyweight title
Derrick Lewis (L) will face Ciryl Gane (R) for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 265
However, Ngannou has slammed White’s justification, revealing that the interim title fight was ‘surprising’ for him.
‘I heard something today like, ‘It’s going to be like the IBF and WBC unified title,” the Cameroonian told Sirius XM. ‘No, there’s not a unified title. It’s one promotion, it’s one belt, the UFC belt.
‘It’s not like it has a different name like the PFL coming to challenge the UFC, then we talk about unify the belt. I was there expecting to fight, and they just come up with some sort of interim title.’
The move is peculiar given that Ngannou won the title just five months ago at UFC 260
Ngannou, who was forced to wait for approximately three years while Miocic and Daniel Cormier played out their trilogy, added that he was not handed an interim title while he bided his time for a title shot.
‘That was very surprising because in the past we didn’t get an interim title, because Stipe wasn’t active and they didn’t even consider that at all. They didn’t want to talk about it.
‘I’m at the point where, when it comes to me, nothing good is coming my way, it looks like. They aren’t making anything good to come my way.
‘It’s OK, but I think at this point regarding my last run, I deserve at least some respect as a UFC champion. I’ve been down, I know my low time, and I face it.’
Ngannou did not take well to White’s view that unification was like ‘the old days’ of boxing
Ngannou has been linked with a heavyweight blockbuster with former light-heavyweight king Jon Jones. However, failed negotiations between Jones and the UFC means that fight is some distance from being finalised.
It appears that the Predator will next face either Gane or Lewis, but the 34-year-old says he has had little communication from the UFC regarding his next fight.
‘It’s been radio silence,’ he added. ‘If you ask me who I would like to fight, I would say Jon Jones.
The Cameroonian wants to fight Jon Jones but that fight looks some distance from happening
‘But we all know Jon Jones is not going to fight any time soon, and I don’t want to sit there waiting for him.
‘That’s not what should define my schedule. I want to fight, and as a champion, I want to defend my title.
‘But I just want to make it right for me. That’s all. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who it is.
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