Even if Jon Jones doesn’t get an immediate heavyweight title shot, there are some interesting possibilities in the big man’s division for the former 205-pound king.
UFC president Dana White has been making the media rounds in advance of Saturday’s UFC 262 card, and one of the hot topics of conversation has been the potential booking between heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and Jones. At the moment, it appears that the promotion has moved on from that fight and is targeting a rematch between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis for the next heavyweight title bout.
“We’re working on that fight [Ngannou vs. Lewis],” White told TSN. “That fight is going to happen this summer.”
Jones has been quite vocal regarding his desire for a more lucrative contract to go with his move to heavyweight. Thus far, negotiations between the fighter, who recently parted ways with his management team, and the UFC have not been especially productive.
"I haven't [spoken to Jones], but [chief business officer] Hunter Campbell has a great relationship with Jon, and I know those two have been talking," White told ESPN. "Listen, Jon is one of the best ever. If he wants to fight, we'll get a fight together for him, but he's got to want to do it.”
White also mentioned former champ Stipe Miocic as an alternative possibility for Jones for his heavyweight debut.
"[Miocic] is the heavyweight GOAT," White said to ESPN. "The guy has put in the work and done all the things you need to be the heavyweight GOAT, so that's a fact. And I don't know. We'll see what's next. I like that he's fired up and wants to fight again. Listen, we could do Jon and Stipe, too."
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