“They’ve Decided to Not Reach Out” – Francis Ngannou’s Manager Says He Hasn’t Heard From the UFC in Close to Six Months

Published 12/29/2021, 8:00 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Francis Ngannou has been experiencing some disputes with the UFC recently. A public back-and-forth between his manager and Dana White was a testament to that. His manager Marquel Martin of CAA recently spoke about the situation on Sirius XM’s podcast.

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Martin mentioned that they are open to negotiations with the UFC. He also admitted that UFC is one of the best MMA promotions. However, for Ngannou to continue fighting for UFC, Martin feels like it needs to make sense for the fighter.

The manager further revealed (h/t MMA Fighting), “At the end of the day, I work for Francis, and he and I spent a lot of time chatting back and forth and trying to understand, OK, exactly what does that mean for his future, and we’ve has a lot of back and forth with the UFC. But to be honest with you, I haven’t heard back from the UFC since, I want to say June.”

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He also said, “Pretty much we all know that UFC, they hold a power position, rightfully so, and when it comes to representation like myself, and again, of course, I’m going to be biased, they’re not going to like what we have to say about how Francis’ future looks like and what that is valued at.”

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Ngannou’s manager also said that it was up to the promotion to reach out. He said, “So because of that, they’ve decided not to reach out. So I’m not sure if they want to negotiate a contract before [it runs out] or whatnot, but that’s totally up to them.”

What’s ahead for Francis Ngannou?

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The heavyweight champion is set to defend his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The event takes place on January 22, 2022. This would surely be a bout that MMA fans across the globe would be interested in watching. Ngannou and Gane used to be training partners and now they will battle in the octagon.

Further, ‘The Predator’ has also shown interest in boxing. So it would be fascinating to know whether fans get to see him in a boxing ring in the future.

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What do you think Francis Ngannou’s next move will be? 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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