UFC President Dana White has been saying for months that former light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones will get a title shot right away in his debut in the heavyweight division.
However, after Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou took the strap from Stipe Miocic this past Saturday night with a second-round knockout in the UFC 260 main event, White made sure to point out that if Jones wants to play games, the promotion can easily book a rematch between Ngannou and Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis instead.
Following Ngannou’s win, Jones sent out a tweet that said, “Show me the money.”
When Jones first talked about moving to heavyweight about a year ago to face Ngannou, White and Jones started publicly bickering about Jones’s request to re-work his contract.
Offshore books haven’t hesitated in releasing odds for a potential showdown between Jones and Ngannou. Sportsbook has the cheapest price (-175) for backing the new champion, while William Hill has the most expensive price for Ngannou (-227).
The richest underdog payout for Jones is +175 at William Hill. BetOnline has Ngannou at -185, with Jones as a +165 underdog.
Jones vacated the 205-pound belt on Aug. 15 of 2020 to move up a division.
Lewis beat Ngannou by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 226 in the current champ’s first fight after losing by UD to Miocic for the belt at UFC 220. It was one of the worst fights in heavyweight history, a complete snoozer as neither fighter was willing to engage other than a few brief exchanges.
The fans want to see Jones vs. Ngannou. White needs to make it happen.
Why? Because it’ll be one of the most anticipated scraps in the promotion’s history.