Stipe to Face Ngannou/Lewis Winner

Dana White shed a little light on the currently unconfirmed status of the Heavyweight title picture today.

Francis Ngannou captured the 265 pound crown with a furious beating of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, and many contenders were teased for his first defense – most notably, Jon Jones.

However, Jones quickly petitioned for an increase in pay, making demands of up to $50 million, an asking price Jones has received nowhere near before.

Today, UFC president Dana White said that while Jones is under contract, they won’t force him to fight and he can stay on the sidelines for as long as he wants. There is a top contender already in line as Derrick Lewis is riding four straight victories, including a highlight reel knockout of Curtis Blaydes. He is the last man to defeat Francis Ngannou and a matchup is being targeted for this summer.

Jones’ hiatus also presents a nice opportunity for Stipe Miocic. Prior to losing his title, Miocic was widely considered the greatest Heavyweight of all time and many believe he deserves an immediate rematch. White, while making no promises, did indicate that Stipe would be next in line after the dust settles between Lewis and Ngannou.

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