Francis Ngannou, the renowned heavyweight fighter, is no longer keeping quiet about his grievances with Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Ngannou has finally spoken up after White criticized his recent deal with the Professional Fighters League and took a shot at the Cameroonian.
The Predator recently made headlines by announcing his contract signing with the PFL, setting the stage for his MMA career in 2024. The deal not only guarantees Ngannou a substantial purse in the high seven-figure range but also grants him a position on PFL’s athlete advisory board and the prestigious title of “chairman” for PFL Africa.
Notably, the agreement allows Ngannou to pursue lucrative boxing opportunities independently. While it proves beneficial for Ngannou, White openly expressed his skepticism, deeming the move illogical for the PFL.
White’s remarks included his observation that Ngannou had joined a company while refusing to face their current champions. He also criticized Ngannou’s recent fight frequency, questioning the legitimacy of the situation. In response, Ngannou took to Twitter to address White directly, issuing a challenge along the way.
Ngannou wrote, “What is your problem with me, Dana? First, I fulfilled my contract, became a free agent, and decided to walk away. You didn’t release me. Second, I hate taking risks? Then why did I defend my title while injured, with no ACL or MCL?”
Continuing his rebuttal, Ngannou addressed the issue of his fight frequency, stating, “The reason I fought three times in three years is because you wanted to control my deal and make me sign a new one, freezing me out. ‘I owe these guys three fights a year.’ Isn’t that what you said? What happened? I always accepted and never declined any fight in the past three years. Now, I am finally receiving fair pay, respect, and a deal that benefits all parties involved. Why are you opposed to my freedom and happiness?”
Ngannou concluded his message with a proposition for White, suggesting that if he truly desires the much-anticipated fight against Jon Jones, he should reach out to Pete Murray, the president of the PFL.
This public exchange of words indicates that the conflict between Ngannou and White is far from over. Ngannou has now recognized that he is embroiled in a battle with the UFC president, whether he intended to be or not.
He just has to prepare hard ahead of his debut fight in the new league, as suffering a loss could dent his reputation and lend some credence to what White has been saying.