Dana White and The UFC Say Goodbye To Francis Ngannou After Rejecting Contract Offer

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Dana White & The UFC Bid Farewell To Francis Ngannou

The UFC’s ongoing dispute over Francis Ngannou’s contract status has come to an end.

Francis Ngannou’s UFC contract status was a hot topic for MMA for over a year. There has been much speculation about whether he would stay with the promotion or face Jon Jones in a huge fight. It appears that he might not be able to compete in the UFC again.

Dana White, UFC Vegas 67’s post-fight press conference moderator, addressed Ngannou about his status regarding the promotion (or total lack thereof) after Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gae became public.

“We’ve been working for a new agreement with Francis for almost 2 years. We had reached a point in which he was going to fight Jon Jones. Many believe, including myself, that he is the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. Jon Jones was willing and available to fight anyone. He didn’t care about who it was. He could have been anyone in the heavyweight division. He was willing to go.

“We offered Francis a deal which would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight in company history. He earned more than [Brock] Lesnar and more than anyone else. He turned down the offer.

“So, we reach this point — I have told you guys before. You don’t have the right to be here if you don’t want to. Francis is not willing to take too many risks right now, I believe. He feels he is in a position to fight less opponents and make more.

“So, we’re going let him do that. We will release him from the terms of his contract. We will give up our right of match. He can travel wherever he likes and do what he pleases.”

White also stated that Ngannou did not believe that the Jon Jones fight would actually happen. This contradicts past comments made by the Cameroonian. White believes Ngannou might have concerns about his knee after surgery, particularly considering that the 36-year old ‘isn’t getting any older’.

White’s theory about Ngannou’s opponent preference is similar to the statements made in the past about Cris Cyborg, when the promotion couldn’t come to terms with the current Bellator champion to a rematch against Amanda Nunes. It is not clear if Ngannou expressed this preference for the UFC brass, or if it is White’s theory.

These remarks, however, seem to drive a stake through one of the most coveted fights in UFC history: Jon Jones against Francis Ngannou.

Jon Jones will instead headline UFC 285 alongside Ciryl Gane to defend the heavyweight title. What’s next for Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion? Only time, and especially MMA News, will tell.

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