Negotiations between the UFC and Francis Ngannou over a new contract have been going on for some time. In fact, we can’t even call it a negotiation, as the UFC didn’t offer anything to its champion, despite the fact that the fight against Gane could be his last on the contract.
As Francis won and remained champion, he activated a clause extending the contract to two more fights or 12 months. That the relations between the UFC and their heavyweight champion are not even close to idyllic, was testified by the situation with the announcement of the winner of the fight.
Namely, the belt to Francis was not put by Dana White but by matchmaker Mick Maynard. "I don't know why it happened, you need to ask Dana and Mick. The decision was absolutely theirs," Francis told a news conference, surprises along the way that Dana White didn't even attend.
Obviously, something is happening, and it is not easy to conclude why White did not appear before the media this time before all the fighters, as he usually does after PPV events.
Francis Ngannou about his future
Then they turned to Francis and his future, which he had previously said would not happen in the UFC if he didn’t get what he was looking for.
And this time he revealed that money is absolutely not in the foreground. "I've been thinking about my position in the company for a long time, so it's nothing new. Money is not the main thing. Of course, it matters, but I feel badly treated above all.
I don't feel free. We give a lot in this business," "We are sacrificing our bodies and I think we should have fairer treatment. I have approached the UFC many times and got nothing, it can be said that I have run out of options.
But I am not frustrated, I am in complete inner peace, confident in my decisions. " , he explained how things are with him, adding something else: "This is a long time now and a lot has happened. I'm disappointed, but I don't think it matters how I feel.
Over the last few years, I've shown my willingness to stay in the UFC and sign a new contract." "I just asked to be more respected. They could have tried to work out the contract, but now we are in a position where everyone is frustrated, where I have lost my passion to do this. I stop enjoying this because they are playing with my mind"