There’s outrage within the blended martial arts world after the UFC determined to throw collectively an interim heavyweight title combat as a result of stalling negotiations with present champion Francis Ngannou.
UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN that Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will combat in August for a belt, with Ngannou reportedly unable to defend his title in June or August.
Ngannou gained the belt in March of this yr, with the push to create an interim title complicated many, together with the Cameroonian champion and his group.
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“This comes as a whole shock,” Ngannou’s agent, Marquel Martin advised ESPN.
“To make an interim title so quickly, in case you take a look at the historical past of this division, it comes as a shock. We hope to get readability and determine one thing with the UFC quickly.”
Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 to notch a fifth-straight win contained in the cage.
In keeping with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou had agreed to combat Lewis in September, however the UFC selected to make an interim title combat in August as an alternative.
It’s a state of affairs that has left these within the UFC world all saying the identical factor.
Lewis is using a four-fight win streak; most lately stopping Curtis Blaydes in February. In the meantime, Gane is 6-0 within the UFC, and defeated Alexander Volkov by way of choice final week.
Lewis and Gane will reportedly be the primary occasion on the August UFC 265 card, with Amanda Nunes additionally set to defend her bantamweight belt.