Over the past few months, the UFC and Francis Ngannou (via manager Markel Martin) have been at odds. But late last month, company president Dana White updated Ngannoun’s condition, saying things were moving in a positive direction.
“Francis and I clashed at dinner last night. And we had a good conversation. And if he wins that battle, his contract will not expire. I think after that, he got into an argument with us again, ”White told Teddy Atlas and was“ lost ”by the people around Ngannou.
But Ngannoun’s latest statements seem to contradict what White said. He said in a recent interview with ESPN reporter Max Kellerman that his post-UFC 270 condition remains in the air.
“To be honest, I don’t know yet,” Ngannou said. “Before the Battle of Stip, they talked about John Jones’ fight. The UFC even officially says it will fight the winner, John Jones. And all of a sudden, after I won the fight, it didn’t come out at all.
“I didn’t come here to chase ghosts. I’m going after something real, something possible. But for now, I don’t know what stage my situation is with the UFC. So we’ll look at how this plays out and what’s on the table. Then we can deal with the things on the table. So far, I can’t predict anything. ”
As for John Jones, Ngannou said he no longer looks forward to it.
“No, I ended this fight,” Ngannou said at a pre-fight press conference about his next meeting with Jones. “I have been waiting for this fight for a long time,” he said. After Stipe, it was supposed to be John Jones, and it never happened. I do not know why. So I kept going. “
Ngannoun has one fight in his current contract, and he will fight interim champion Cyril Gain in a rematch at UFC 270 this Saturday. The Beast said he no longer wanted to fight for $ 500,000 and wanted a boxing crossover. as part of his new contract.