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. After his win, Dana White didn’t put the belt on Ngannou.
Francis Ngannou then revealed that he did not feel like a free man whatsoever in the UFC. Ngannou even claimed that he gave up $7 million to get a better contract in the UFC.
Ngannou previously made it clear he wants to get into boxing to get better pay. While speaking on his YouTube channel, legendary announcer Bruce Buffer stated that he believes Francis Ngannou deserves to be paid a lot more by the UFC.
”Fighters make your choice. Take the best avenue for yourselves, think three steps ahead to your future, not just to the one fight being offered and make the best choice. And Francis, I hope you and the UFC work everything out. Love you being the heavyweight champion. Get through your knee surgery, everything else, come back and just go forward making the most money possible… Francis deserves to make a lot of money as every fighter does…”
Francis Ngannou previously called out Tyson Fury for a boxing match as well. We will have to wait and see if Francis Ngannou will truly leave the UFC to become a boxer in the future or not.