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“We Have No Insurance” – Francis Ngannou Lists What Is Wrong With the UFC Contract

Published 01/25/2022, 3:00 AM EST

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Francis Ngannou shocked the world when he went up against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The French Cameroonian fighter retained his heavyweight title with a different approach.

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Ngannou is one of the heaviest hitters in the world. He has legitimate one-punch knockout power and has claimed most of his wins via T/KO. However, it was a patient champion that everyone saw on January 22. Even that didn’t take away the spotlight from his contract issues with the UFC.


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In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, he talked about the problems with his contract and what changes he wants.

He said, “The term of the contract. Everything they have put into. They hold you like in captivity. You can’t do anything, you have no right. The contract is one-sided. Although you still don’t have nothing, you don’t even have health insurance. While you’re doing this, putting your body on the line to provide, to put on the show, risking everything.”

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“There’s a lot of things, man. We have no insurance, nothing, like no guarantee. Which I understand for independent contractors, but treat me as such then if I am. I mean, whether I’m going to be an employee or an independent contractor, but make it very clear in the contract.”

Dana White’s absence at UFC 270 didn’t bother Francis Ngannou

One of the biggest talking points from UFC 270 was Dana White‘s absence after Ngannou’s title defense. It is normal to see the UFC President hand the belt to the champion after the fight. While he did so with Deiveson Figueiredo, Mick Maynard presented ‘The Predator’ with the title.

This got the MMA community talking, but it didn’t bother the champion. During an appearance on The MMA Hour, Ngannou said, “Bro, I don’t care about that… I’m happy. That’s all that matters.”


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White didn’t attend the post-fight press conference as well, and Ngannou didn’t notice that either.

It seems like the issue between the company and the champion is much bigger than initially thought. All of the MMA community would want the two parties to sort out the issues, as Ngannou is one of the most popular fighters on the roster.


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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.