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The UFC has offered the heavyweight champion of the world Francis Ngannou a fight against his former opponent Derrick Lewis for UFC 263.

The champion, however, has turned down the fight.

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The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

UFC has kicked the tires 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,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.

Since 6/12, at least for now, doesn’t viable, 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,” Ariel wrote in the Twitter thread.

It looks like the UFC is not ready to match Jon Jones’ offer and are moving away from him for an alternate fight for the champion.

Last week, Jon Jones earlier stated that $8-$10 Million was too low of an offer for a fight against Francis Ngannou.

Jon Jones needs $50 Million to fight Francis Ngannou?

Now coach Mike Winkeljohn has said that the UFC should pay Jon Jones $50 Million for the super-fight against Francis Ngannou.

Gosh, I look at the big fights … I think this fight can be easily as [big as] some of the big Mayweather fights out there,” Mike Winkeljohn said of Jones vs. Ngannou (h/t MMAMania.com). “What did Floyd Mayweather make? A hundred million? I don’t know. You know, that type of thing. He was kind of his own promoter. So, Jon (Jones) has gotta share that with the UFC as far as on pay-per-view buys.

But I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a fifty-million-dollar fight. And the UFC still makes bank, and is able to pay off a lot of the debt they have and go forward. I think the UFC needs a superstar like Jon Jones. I think Conor was the guy for a while, and he’s fallen off. But those big names is what makes the UFC money, ultimately.”

Mike Winkeljohn also gave a prediction for the fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. Mike said that ‘Bones’ will finish him late in the fight.

Oh gosh, Jon finishes him late in the fight. I think Jon, after some ground-and-pound, will end up tapping Francis out late in the fight.”

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