“I Don’t Feel Like I Have a Promoter Anymore” – Francis Ngannou Says UFC Didn’t Promote Him Like Other Fighters

Published 01/14/2022, 6:10 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed by Megan Olivi after his victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight champion ‘The Predator’ Francis Ngannou has been having issues with the UFC; particularly with regards to his contract. Now, prior to his first title defense against Ciryl Gane, he revealed that he met UFC President Dana White at a restaurant.

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After their initial greetings, both of them discussed the issues Ngannou was facing. However, it seems like the UFC champion is not really satisfied with a few parts of their conversation.

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In a chat with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Ngannou said, “It went pretty well. You know, at this point, I’m not upset. I’m kind of like cheering about everything and I went to him, greet him. We wish each other happy holidays and I tell him my frustration like, you know. And expressed to him like how I would like to stay in the UFC, but I don’t feel like the UFC still want me to stay, you know.”

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“I don’t feel like I have a promoter anymore. You know, I won a championship fight, the next thing that was coming on my way was a way to like extend me or everything. I didn’t feel like I was promoted. I mean, maybe I’m wrong about that, but I didn’t see anything compared to what happened to different fighters.”

Ngannou further said that when he expressed how he felt that the UFC didn’t want him, White quickly brought up a few different things. However, the fighter’s issue is ‘more than that’.

Francis Ngannou versus Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 will be a massive fight

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Francis Ngannou will be seen defending his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on January 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. This bout is arguably one of the biggest heavyweight bouts in the history of the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Predator’ and ‘Bon Gamin’ went from training partners to opponents in the octagon. So because of their shared history, this bout is expected to be a smashing one.

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What do you think about Francis Ngannou feeling like he does not have a promoter? Will that affect him ahead of the mega-fight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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