Ciryl Gane became the interim heavyweight champion last night following an impressive third-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 265. He is now expected to face Francis Ngannou in a title unification clash later this year.
Of course, Jones was the one expected to face Ngannou initially while Miocic recently expressed his frustration at not getting an immediate rematch with Ngannou after losing his title to him back in March.
So where do both of them stand in the division? With Jones, White is not even going to bother until 2022.
“He’s not fighting till next year,” White said about Jones at the UFC 265 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “It’s 2021. He’s not fighting until . I’m not even thinking about him until ’22.”
As for Miocic? White simply doesn’t know what’s next for him. But that also means plenty of exciting things for the heavyweight division in the near future.
“I don’t know,” White said when asked about what’s next for Miocic. “The beautiful thing about this division right now is we had this fight tonight. Now Francis versus Ciryl, you’ve got Jon Jones out there in 2022 and you got Stipe out there still, too.
“That means there’s a lot of fun coming up over the next year, year and a half.”
Are you excited for the future of the heavyweight divison?