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Francis Ngannou Released Jon Jones, Cyril Gain to Fight for Heavyweight Title at UFC 285

FeaturedSports NewsFrancis Ngannou Released Jon Jones, Cyril Gain to Fight for Heavyweight Title at UFC 285

Francis Ngannou has been released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), president Dana White confirmed during the UFC Vegas 67 post-fight press conference on Sunday. White also confirmed that the UFC had made Francis a lucrative offer, which would have made him the highest-paid fighter in the promotion, however, the French MMA fighter refused to sign a new contract. The undisputed heavyweight champion was made a free agent.

“We’re going to release (Francis Ngannou) from his contract. We’re giving up the right to the match. He can go wherever he wants and do whatever he wants,” White said.

“We offered Ngannou a contract that would make him the highest-paid heavyweight of all time. He turned it down,” White added.

Ngannou won the heavyweight title at UFC 260 in 2021 after scoring a knockout win over Stipe Miocic. The Frenchman has only defended his title once, against Cyril Gane at UFC 270, after injuring his knee.

The heavyweight division in the UFC is vacant with Ngannou’s release and White has confirmed that Jon Jones and Gaines will lock horns for the title at UFC 285 in Las Vegas in March.

It will be interesting to see where Ngannou goes next, considering he is one of the hottest free agents to hit the open market in MMA history.

Meanwhile, Jones is a two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, and has defended the title 11 times from 2011-20, taking on Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Had defeated some big names. Evans, Vetter Belfort, and more.

Ginn, on the other hand, has won eight of his nine UFC bouts. His only loss was against former heavyweight champion Ngannou, his first challenge for the UFC title.

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