Jones and Ngannou were on a collision course when Ngannou was UFC heavyweight champion. But when “The Predator” opted to leave for PFL, the fight fell apart.
When asked about the possibility of the UFC co-promoting with PFL to make Jones vs. Ngannou happen, White immediately shut the question down.
“I’m not interested in that,” White told MMA Junkie at Saturday’s UFC 295 post-fight news conference. “We tried to make that fight. They didn’t want to do it. It’s done. He doesn’t fight here anymore. I’m not interested.”
White was asked again about the idea of co-promoting with the PFL, which bothered him. The UFC CEO boasted about his promotion’s live gate numbers at Madison Square Garden in response.
“Should I (co-promote with PFL)?” White said. “We’ve got 1, 2 and 3 (in MSG history). They can’t sell a f*cking gate. It’s a stupid question, but go ahead. Talk to me. Why would I do that?
“I tried to make the fight here. They didn’t want to do it. But I should co-promote with like a Bellator or a PFL? Why should I do that? Because of ESPN? You win the dumb question of the night. Congratulations, sir.”
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