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 The MMA Hour, Israel Adesanya talked about Francis Ngannou’s UFC pay, stating that he believes it is simply atrocious.
“Dana [White] said they’re having dinner. They had dinner before, went to Cameroon. I think that’s a good first step. I don’t know what was said, I haven’t talked to Francis yet. But that’s their business and I felt like some of the stuff that was happening before the Francis fight, I was not a fan of. Like I said, this is business, man. You can’t get too personal. It’s business and money is always around. There’s money everywhere. You can find money everywhere. So for the heavyweight champion of the world in the UFC to be getting paid what he was getting paid was atrocious.”
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.