‘Nothing Has Been Right Here’- Francis Ngannou Finally Responds To Dana White Removing Him From UFC Title Fight

Published 06/29/2021, 8:04 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 29: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed after defeating Junior Dos Santos of Brazil by TKO in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Target Center on June 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Just when Francis Ngannou started traversing his path to superstardom, his march dealt an enormous blow. The UFC has snubbed him and has moved forward with an interim heavyweight title clash between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane.

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It was a shocker of a moment for the reigning champion and as well as the MMA community. Ngannou had promised to be an active champion (unlike Miocic and Cormier before him). He had beaten Miocic for the title just over 3 months ago.

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According to reports, the UFC wanted their heavyweight champion to defend his crown as early as in June or in August. But Ngannou had made it clear he won’t be ready by September. This may have prompted the management to seek other alternatives.

‘The Predator’ and his team expressed evident astonishment at the decision. Ngannou took to Twitter and showed his disappointment and frustration.

Later, he retweeted a tweet from ace journalist Ariel Helwani. The latter threw some shades on atypical behavior by UFC to Ngannou. The latter had tweeted, “Between June 2019 and March 2021 Ngannou fought once… for a combined 20 seconds.

“Couldn’t sniff an IC title shot. And now three months after he wins, and seems to be on the cusp of superstardom, he has to see an IC title fight made. Doesn’t seem right.”

Ngannou in his retweet wrote, “Nothing has been right here.”

It’s a notable fact that UFC president Dana White has been keen on placing Lewis in a title fight for a while now. ‘The Black Beast’ has been a dominant force with 4 consecutive victories.

Gane, meanwhile, is the undefeated heavyweight who has picked up 2 consecutive main event victories. So, the management thought this to be the best option for now.

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Dana White responds to Francis Ngannou and his team

If there is anything that is constant with time, it’s White‘s straightforward and non-mincing assessment of a particular situation. He never shies away to have a go against the things he doesn’t like.

Immediately after Ngannou‘s team showed their shock over his decision to place an interim title clash, White responded to them.

The team wrote, “This comes as a complete shock. To make an interim title so soon, if you look at the history of this division, it comes as a surprise. We hope to get clarity and figure out something with the UFC soon.”

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White, in his response, said, “This dude is SO FULL OF S**T! He knows EXACTLY what’s going on and isn’t “shocked” at all. Because we told him several times this was coming. His management is incompetent and hopefully, Francis starts taking a look at new people to help his career”

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It’s still the early days of this saga and we could get more of this in the coming days. However, the decision has been made, and as things stand, it’s Lewis vs Gane for the interim title.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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