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MMA News: After retaining the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou is unsure about his UFC future
MMA News: After retaining the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou is unsure about his UFC future
MMA News: After retaining the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou is unsure about his UFC future
MMA MMA News: After retaining the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou...

MMA News: After retaining the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane, Francis Ngannou is unsure about his UFC future

MMA News: After fighting Ciryl Gane to defend his heavyweight title on Saturday night, Francis Ngannou claimed he doesn’t “feel like a free man” and placed additional doubt on his UFC future.

The 35-year-old was referring to his ongoing issues with the UFC and its president, Dana White, about his contract, which was set to expire following his meeting with Gane but could now be extended due to a title bout provision.

After the bout, White did not tie the heavyweight belt around Ngannou’s waist, as is customary, and then skipped the press conference.

Ngannou has often expressed his desire to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a boxer, and he recently stated his desire to sign a deal that allows him to pursue opportunities in the ring, with two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury being mentioned as a possible opponent in a mixed rules cross-over bout.

When asked about his contract, Ngannou told reporters, “It’s not just money, obviously, money is a part of it, but it’s also the conditions of the contract that I don’t agree with.” “I don’t think it’s fair.” I don’t have the feeling of being a free guy. I don’t think I’ve been treated fairly.

“It’s awful that I’m in this situation, that I’m forced to say that.” Everyone, in my opinion, should be able to claim what is best for them.

“At the end of the day, we put in a lot of effort and put a lot of strain on our bodies to make this task happen, so we can get a fair and square settlement.”

Ngannou is alleged to have earned $600,000 for defending his championship against Gane in his third career pay-per-view main event at UFC 270, whereas Fury is said to have earned $30 million for his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.

Furthermore, Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley are said to have received a $2 million purse for their eight-round fight at the end of last year.

In addition to his future plans, Ngannou was questioned about his decision to fight despite having a knee injury during training.

“If you feel like there’s a chance that you can do it, I think you have to do it,” he said. “And I believe in myself, I been through a lot of stuff in my life so, I was sure, I mean, that must be a dumb decision but I didn’t wanna withdraw from this fight, I was very confident about my skills to win this fight.”

Speaking post-fight, Gane underlined his intentions to pursue a rematch against Ngannou, whose next steps remain to be seen.

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