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Since becoming the official baddest man on the planet in March 2021, it’s been made abundantly clear that Francis Ngannou and the UFC have been struggling to get on the same page. The Cameroonian-born knockout artist has continually expressed his interest in getting paid what he’s worth as well as his hopes of stepping into the squared circle to compete.
Ngannou’s specific target at present is that of dominant heavyweight boxing kingpin, Tyson Fury who just scored a sixth-round TKO over Dillian Whyte. Immediately following the victory, the undefeated 32-0-1 Fury announced his retirement from the sport as Ngannou entered the ring to tease their potential crossover “hybrid” matchup.
“I would imagine that Dana probably felt betrayed,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “He probably had his feelings hurt. He would never tell you, he’d probably tell you he was pissed off or he didn’t care at all. But he probably was betrayed a little bit. Francis Ngannou was there [watching Fury]. Francis knew he was going, Francis is under contract with Dana. Did Francis’ team let Dana know he was gonna be there? That he was gonna get in the ring for somebody else? That this was gonna be broadcast around the world? Because when Francis got in there, the announcers were already queued. Those announcers knew and they knew to sell it.”
From here, things can get all the more interesting behind the scenes as Ngannou has been extremely vocal about his stance when it comes to his desires. Though, due to his situation with the UFC, “The Predator” needs them to play ball in one way or the other.
The most popular example of a crossover of this magnitude can be seen with Conor McGregor who was allowed to go and box Floyd Mayweather. White, of course, aided in the promotion of the spectacle event. In other more recent cases like Georges St-Pierre attempting to box Oscar De La Hoya, however, the UFC boss did not him to box as he prevented St-Pierre from returning when requested.
“This is going to go as smoothly as both sides want it to go,” Sonnen said. “I don’t know what Francis’ contract is in full disclosure. But I know what my contract says and I know what everybody else who fought at the time I was fighting said because they were boilerplate. You just changed the fee, you changed the execution dates, and you inserted a name. In my case, Chael Sonnen, and I had what everybody else had.
“Those contracts do not just expire the way the media has led you to believe. The media has led you guys to believe that the end of this year, I think it’s December of this year, Francis is free to go. That’s not the contract I had.”
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I been trying to fight everybody and no go what’s the hold up ufc ?
I’m not fighting Conor he sucks.
I’ll fight some one quit slow rolling me please
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2022
Durinho is down.
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 26, 2022
I hope @NateDiaz209 gets released soon.
There are loads of good options for him on the outside.
Who would you like to see him fight in his last @UFC bout?
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) April 26, 2022
Addressing the rematch.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 25, 2022
It was so good seeing my friend @bjpenndotcom again – Hawaii’s first MMA superstar who paved the way and inspired so many young athletes to take up this sport. BTW he’s running for governor. If he wins, he is going to shake up the state. pic.twitter.com/2LSPSfe9BD
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 25, 2022
This is somehow funnier in 2022 than it was back in the day, and it was pretty funny back then.
“If you didn’t see me holding this knife, you could have been dead, my friend.” pic.twitter.com/5KgzPmRZx9
— Eduardo Martinez (@PharrFromHeaven) April 26, 2022
I think Francis sticks to his guns in this whole situation. So he’ll either get his wish or we end up missing out on what could have been an awesome title reign. Thanks for reading!