UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has shed light on his dispute with the UFC and has said that he will be re-signing with the UFC only if they allow him to do boxing matches against the world boxing champion Tyson Fury. Francis Ngannou and UFC have been going through a rough patch as their professional relationship dispute has been in the open for the last few months. Francis Ngannou has been asking a for pay hike from the UFC which the company has declined and is paying him the same amount of money which is not enough for Ngannou. Francis and UFC president have had many disagreements in recent times and many of his fights could not happen.
Francis Ngannou was recently present at the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. After Tyson won the fight he called Francis Ngannou and announced their boxing match. He also revealed that the fight will be a bxoing match but will be fought using boxing gloves.
“The Tyson Fury fight has to be part of the discussion,” Ngannou said during an interview on “The MMA Hour” on Monday. “That’s not an option. It has to be part of the discussion because if that’s not part of the discussion, it will never be. If I sign another contract now, basically the same model of the contract, I’m screwed. That’s not happening ever. So we have to figure out a way to implement this into a contract.”
“I think the UFC is a good promotion, and I want to keep fighting,” Ngannou said. “The Tyson Fury is not my last fight. I want to keep fighting. After Tyson Fury there’s still a lot of fights. There’s the Jon Jones, there’s the Stipe trilogy.”
“There’s big fights I can do in the UFC, and I would really like that to happen. I would really like us to get to a common point. Yes, I can do the Tyson Fury fight on my own, but what’s next? I would like to keep fighting. I would like for us to come to an agreement.”
“We had a dinner with the UFC, and that wasn’t about the contract situation. That was just about clearing the air because it is clear at this point that we had to clear the air,” said Ngannou, who’s recovering from knee surgery. “It was just to clean things out, speak things out, and we kind of just spoke. I was speaking about my frustration, but also I had to go back home because it’s not a thing that’s supposed to be solved in one night or over one or two dinners.”
“It might take some time. I went home and saw my family and came back and had the surgery. … As far as business, we haven’t really moved on. I think just now what they’re trying to do is clear the air.”
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