Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not compete for the heavyweight belt next, according to a top-ranked contender.
Derrick Lewis is currently ranked No. 2 in the division and is on a four-fight winning streak. And “The Black Beast” revealed in a recent interview with ESPN that he’s been sent a fight contract to take on heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou and Lewis fought in July 2018 and The Black Beast won via unanimous decision.
“I don’t even know if I can be talking about all of this,” Lewis said via BJPenn.com. “But something’s going to happen. We’re just waiting on Francis. I got the fight, so I’m just really waiting on Francis to pick what date he wants to get in on. They gave him some dates, some months, so we’re just waiting on him to respond.
Lewis confirmed that the UFC hopes to schedule Ngannou vs. Lewis 2 in August.
“August is looking real good right now, so they’re going to see what it’s like in August for him,” he said.
As for Jones, Lewis said he’s “out of the picture.”
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