In contractual battle with the UFC, Francis Ngannou has as soon as once more opened the door to a departure from the largest MMA group at the end of this yr. The heavyweight champion doesn’t let go of his claims and desires to enhance the remedy situations for UFC fighters.
Will we see once more Francis Ngannou in the UFC octagon? Eight months after his victory over Ciryl Gane to maintain his heavyweight crown, success adopted by an operation to deal with his knee, the “Predator” has returned to the cage however will not be but operational for fight. Above all, he’s nonetheless in battle with his employer about his contract, robotically renewed for one yr (or three fights) following his title protection in opposition to “Bon Gamin”. The thought? As he has typically defined, the Cameroonian desires a remuneration extra according to his standing but in addition higher freedom, whether or not at the degree of sponsors or to pursue different profitable targets resembling this boxing combat in opposition to Tyson. Fury who has been attracting him for a while.
If time passes with out an settlement discovered between the two events, Ngannou refuses to have his hand pressured and appears extra prepared than ever to go elsewhere. “The UFC has until the end of the year to agree with me, he launches in an interview granted to the specialized site La Sueur. My contract expires at the end of the year. Then I can do whatever I want. I won’t sign that kind of UFC contract again. If I sign, it’s a new model that we will have established with my side as well. I’m not signing a contract that they’ve drawn up at home and then sent to me.”
And the one which different MMA organizations round the world would dream of attracting to drive residence the level on his departure risk: “It’s going to be maybe two years since I said to myself: either it’s going well, or it’s doesn’t happen. And in my head, even though I love to continue in the UFC so much, I’ve prepared myself psychologically for the fact that it may not happen again.” In this interview, the place he additionally talks about his combat in opposition to Gane after which he was “not happy” and even “angry” as a result of of his remedy by the UFC, the heavyweight champion doesn’t mince his phrases (as he had done at the microphone of RMC Sport throughout UFC Paris early September) on the UFC, the world’s largest MMA group, and the contracts it affords to its athletes.
“In this contract, they have no responsibility. No responsibility is signed legally. Everything is what you give, but they, in exchange, there is nothing they give you in the contract There’s nothing that binds them. It’s a problem with this…fucking contract! (…) I managed to do it, to be a champion and free. We don’t give you this possibility of to be a champion without the chain around your neck, lest you wander into the wild.” While he may return to the cage “at the end of December, in the best of all possible worlds” however doesn’t need “to rush things” and prefers to evoke “the beginning of next year”, Ngannou goes additional and confirms his want to vary issues for athletes engaged with the UFC: “We need a representative of the fighters in the UFC. I’m not talking about a union but about a representative. They can’t put themselves in our place… The fighters have no power. We are alone.”