Francis Ngannou is still a free agent and many media outlets are speculating about a possible return to the UFC, where he could challenge champion Jon Jones. The organization’s president Dana White responded to said speculation. Will we see the Cameroonian “Predator” back in the UFC?
He was the king of the UFC heavyweight division and was supposed to defend with the legend of legends. But his contract with the UFC expired and he didn’t sign another one. He fought for better fighters’ rights, but he faced the bad guy.
Francis Ngannou has been a free agent since January after failing to come to terms with UFC management on a new contract. So the organization arranged a fight for the vacant UFC heavyweight title, which was won in spectacular fashion by the legendary Jon Jones.
To this day, Ngannou has not signed a contract with any organization, although there has been talk of a possible boxing match with the top fighters in the world. As a result, the media began speculating about his return to the top MMA league in the world.
How does UFC President Dana White feel about this idea? “Absolutely not,” White said in an interview on the Pat McAfee Show YouTube channel.
“We’ve been working with this guy for two years on a contract extension, but it’s absolutely impossible to negotiate with him. He will never fight in the UFC again,” White brushed off any speculation.
“We’ve worked really hard on this. Hunter Campbell, who works for us, has had 75 meetings with him,” he revealed of the frequency of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
“We offered him a lot of money and always showed him respect. We wanted to get him back on board, but the ship has long since sailed,” he concluded. They say ‘never say never’, but it seems this story is over for good. Ngannou turns 37 in September and many more years of combat await him.
Source: UFC, Sherdog, YouTube channel – Pat McAfee Show
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