‘It’s Only Business’- Francis Ngannou’s Coach Rips Into UFC For Not Rewarding Fighters During Contract Negotiations

Published 08/15/2021, 11:57 AM EDT


Francis Ngannou’s Head Coach, Eric Nicksick took to social media and chimed in on the UFC release of Kai Kamaka. ‘The Fighting Hawaiian’ was let go from the roster after a majority draw against Danny Chavez on July 31Kamaka was 1-2-1 in the UFC and it’s safe to say his run in the organization left a lot to be desired.

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However, Kai Kamaka was always a company man and stepped in on several occasions to take on late replacement opponents. Moreover, he was willing to take on all comers at his weight class, but the UFC didn’t acknowledge his efforts. In fact, this is exactly what Nicksick pointed out in his tweet and cautioned fighters from being ‘company men/women’

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While it’s true that being a team player can take you a long way in the UFC, leeway is only extended to established names. Fighters like Donald Cerrone and Jacare Souza have been given a lot of traction with the company due to their status as all-time greats. However, for newbie UFC fighters like Kai Kamaka, the journey towards UFC greatness will be prolonged at best.

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Eric Nicksick: Making his mark

Casual MMA fans would be hearing the Factory MMA Coach’s name quite a bit these days. Chiefly, he played a massive role in transforming Francis Ngannou into the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Under Nicksick’s tutelage, Ngannou has somehow managed to become even more fearsome than before.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks 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)

With Ciryl Gane winning the interim belt, it’s going to be a battle between fighters as well as coaches. The storyline writes itself as Francis Ngannou’s former coach and teammate are now coming for the crown. Eric Nicksick stands in their way and will do whatever is necessary to ensure Ngannou is prepared well to take on ‘Bon Gamin’.


Furthermore, fans have gravitated towards coach Eric Nicksick for his upfront and candid nature. He’s been on record praising Ciryl Gane since he recognizes what a threat the Frenchman poses. Fans have taken to his affable nature and he clearly has a soft spot for fighter’s rights as well.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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