Ngannou was straight referencing his UFC 249 clash with Jairzinho Rozenstruik, which Ngannou won in simply 20 seconds by means of knockout.
At the time, negotiations were ongoing for the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy. Due to the uncertainty of the fight and Miocics then-immediate combating future, combined with the COVID pandemic, there was a push to make Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik an interim title battle– which the UFC obviously declined.
The 20-second finish in May 2020 was Ngannous first battle considering that knocking off Junior dos Santos 11 months prior, and Ngannou would not fight once again until UFC 260 in March, where he knocked out Miocic in two rounds to lastly end up being heavyweight champion.
Lewis scored an upset KO of Curtis Blaydes previously this year, while Gane just defeated Alexander Volkov by decision in the primary event of UFC Vegas 30 on June 26.
UFC 265 is prepared to occur in Houston, TX, the home town of Lewis.
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This decision comes after different reports and reports that Lewis was going to challenge present UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou. Negotiations reportedly stalled due to Ngannou requiring a bit more time, but it had very recently promised that Ngannou and Lewis might have met in September.
Ngannou did not shy away from hiding his annoyance with the UFCs decision on social networks.
Nov 24, 2018; Beijing, China; Francis Ngannou (blue gloves) beats Curtis Blaydes (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Cadillac Arena. Obligatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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Francis Ngannou is no various than the rest of the MMA community in his reaction to the UFC reserving a Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane interim title fight at UFC 265
In a relocation that has the MMA world baffled, the UFC is apparently going to have Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane clash in an interim heavyweight championship fight to heading UFC 265 on Aug. 7.
I remember my interim title fight against Jairzinho … oh wait.
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 28, 2021.