Dana White tells Francis Ngannou he can LEAVE the UFC 'no problem'
‘If you don’t want to be with us, no problem!’: Dana White tells Francis Ngannou he can LEAVE the UFC when his contract expires despite heavyweight champion’s star power
- Francis Ngannou is defending his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane next
- He has been sensational since joining the UFC with some stunning knockouts
- But there have been issues with champion, especially negotiating pay
- Dana White has said that Ngannou is free to leave when his contract is up
UFC president Dana White has sensationally told heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou that ‘he can leave’ if he no longer wants to be part of the organisation.
Ngannou has been a sensational addition to the roster and capped off a string of devastating knockouts by doing the same to Stipe Miocic and winning the belt this year.
But he has also had his problems with the UFC, who have been at loggerheads with Ngannou and his representatives on more than one occasion.
Francis Ngannou has been a huge attraction and won the UFC heavyweight title this year
Despite the 34-year-old’s star power, White says he is happy to let Ngannou go at the end of his contract if he no longer wants to fight.
He told ESPN: ‘Look, if you want to be with us, we’d love to have you. If you don’t want to be with us, no problem. It’s all good.
‘I think his contract, and this is off the top of my head, if he wins he still has time with us after this fight. He’d probably have one more fight.
‘These things happen. Sometimes you don’t always come to terms with people.
‘When you’re a fighter, you have to be careful who represents you.
Dana White says if Ngannou is not happy with his terms, he can leave at the end of his deal
Ngannou became the champion in March when he knocked out Stipe Miocic
‘I don’t think he’s had the best representation.’
It would certainly be a bad look for the UFC if Ngannou chose to pursue his career in another promotion, especially if he leaves as champion.
He headlines UFC 270 next year against former sparring partner and friend Ciryl Gane on January 22.
There is plenty of bad blood surrounding the fight as Ngannou was forced out of the Paris gym he trained at for a number of different reasons, and his old coach now works with Gane.
One of the major bone’s of contention for Ngannou in his falling out with the UFC was their decision to have Gane and Derrick Lewis fight for an interim heavyweight title.
Ciryl Gane won the interim title, much to the annoyance of his former training partner
Ngannou could not fathom why that encounter would take place rather than wait for him to fight.
He recently told Sports Illustrated: ‘I don’t recognize [Gane’s] belt.
‘I’m the undisputed heavyweight champion. [Gane’s belt] isn’t legitimate, it is a replacement.
‘The presence of the champion makes the interim title invalid. And I’m here.’
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