Dana White has announced that the UFC is working on finalising two title fights for the August 8 pay-per-view event. While the title fight has already been set, the promotion is working to set up another to headline the event.
Amanda Nunes will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Julianna Pena in the co-main event. The UFC is also attempting to book a heavyweight title match between Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou for the main event. In a recent backstage interview with ESPN, White confirmed that a Ngannou vs. Lewis bout is in the works.
“We’re working on some things right now and yes, that’s one of the fights we are looking at [for UFC 265],” White said.
Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou enjoy storied history
Lewis and Ngannou are two of the most deadly knockout artists in UFC history. Their first fight together was back in 2018 which was a stalemate. Both fighters were hesitant to go all out for the finish, anticipating the force that would be released from each other’s hands.
In the end, Lewis was declared the winner by a unanimous vote. Ngannou is currently the UFC heavyweight champion, but he has his work cut out for him in his first title defence. Lewis is a man who has already defeated Nganou and understands what it’s like to share the octagon with him.
Lewis’ knockout prowess gives Ngannou yet another reason to be concerned. Regardless of who wins, Lewis vs. Ngannou 2 promises to be an exciting battle. The winner will almost certainly defend his or her crown against former champion Stipe Miocic in the future.