Francis Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 260 earlier in the year. After that, a lot of drama ensued as he never got to fight Jon Jones. It seems Ngannou is unhappy working in the UFC from the looks of it.
In the main event of UFC 270, Francis Ngannou defended his UFC Heavyweight Championship against Ciryl Gane. Ngannou employed a new strategy to his game as he used a lot of grappling in his five-round fight against Gane. The fight ended in a unanimous decision win for Ngannou via scores of 48-47, 48-47 49-46 in the pay-per-view headliner.
Francis Ngannou then revealed that he did not feel like a free man whatsoever in the UFC. Many fans also felt the fight was not as good as it could have been. While speaking with Laura Sanko for ESPN, White admitted that the fight is not a fight that will be talked about for years.
“Listen, the heavyweight fight wasn’t a fight you’re going to be talking about for years, you know. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a lot more stand-up, but it was a brilliant game plan by Francis to do what he did, the way that he did it.”
Tito Ortiz also recently hoped that Francis Ngannou is not erased from UFC history. Ngannou’s current contract with the UFC will expire in December of this year and it is not known whether he will re-sign with the company at this point in time either.