Dana White’s Insulting Act Made Public in Joe Rogan’s Presence by Francis Ngannou – “That’s When I Started to Respond”

Published 09/25/2023, 7:16 AM EDT

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It’s been over nine months since Francis Ngannou left the UFC. However, he did not depart from the promotion in a harmonious way as he developed bad blood with CEO Dana White. ‘The Predator’ recently opened up about the course of events that followed after his departure in a recent episode of the ‘JRE MMA Show’.

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After Ngannou left the UFC, Dana White publicly ripped the Cameroonian-French fighter after stripping ‘The Predator’ of his heavyweight title. Moreover, he completely shut down any possibility of Ngannou coming back to his promotion. That prompted Ngannou’s response. The 37-year-old opened up to Joe Rogan about how their public beef took shape.

Francis Ngannou tells Joe Rogan how Dana White’s remarks prompted his response

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The former UFC heavyweight champion told Joe Rogan that he did not say or do anything after the contract negotiation failed. Francis Ngannou was aware of all the things that Dana White was talking about through social media. He said, “When we stopped that conversation, I did not do anything until I started to see all these things on social media and then I saw the Dana press conference.”

Furthermore, Dana White made some comments regarding Ngannou’s age and cited that as the reason why it did not matter if he was not in the UFC. However, the Cameroonian-French begged to differ. He stated that despite his age, the UFC CEO still wanted him to fight under his promotion’s banner.

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‘Yes, he’s not getting younger, but you were trying to have him. He’s injured, but you were trying to have him. Now, you did not come to an agreement, you’re bashing him.’ That’s when I started to respond,” said the former UFC star. On the other hand, Ngannou was hoping for a straightforward response from Dana White regarding his exit.

‘The Predator’ was expecting more professionalism from the UFC president-turned-CEO

Francis Ngannou told Joe Rogan that he was expecting a bit more professionalism from Dana White. Instead of bashing him, he wanted the UFC CEO to accept the fact that both parties did not come to an agreement and wish him well in his future endeavors. However, that did not happen.

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“I was expecting like, maybe they go out there and just say, ‘Oh, unfortunately, we did not come to an agreement’, and this and that, and thank you. Good luck… But that’s not how they did it,” Francis Ngannou added. Regardless of all the drama, the former UFC star secured a great deal with the PFL after a few months of his UFC exit.

It remains to be seen if Dana White will ever respond to these comments from Francis Ngannou in the future. Nevertheless, he is in a better place with the PFL, acting as their chairman for the extension of Africa. Moreover, he has a fight coming up against WBC champion Tyson Fury, that White did not expect would happen.

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