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Francis Ngannou reacts to Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane: ‘I remember my interim title fight ...’

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UFC’s Heavyweight champion has some thoughts about Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane at UFC 265.

UFC 260 Miocic v Francis Ngannou 2: Press Conference Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Francis Ngannou can’t help but notice a double-standard pertaining to the recent oddball decision from UFC President, Dana White, to book Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane for an interim Heavyweight title at UFC 265 (full details here).

Indeed, it was revealed on Monday that Lewis and Gane will fight for the interim title at UFC 265, which takes place on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). Ngannou’s agent said he was shocked by the news, and “The Predator” shared his own thoughts in a tweet posted this afternoon.

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“I remember my interim title fight against Jairzinho...” Ngannou wrote tongue-in-cheek on Twitter. “Oh wait.”

Ngannou advocated for his fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, to be for an interim Heavyweight title. His argument was predicated on Stipe Miocic — the champion at the time — having not defended his title since Aug. 2020. Ngannou beat Rozenstruik and eventually defeated Miocic for the belt at UFC 260 on March 27, 2021, following Miocic’s trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier.

UFC 265 takes place on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, via ESPN+ PPV. The card will be headlined by Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane for the UFC interim Heavyweight title and also boasts Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena for UFC women’s Bantamweight strap.

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