The latest contract dispute between Francis Ngannou and the UFC is well documented, but the heavyweight champion has some thoughts on how to bridge the bridges between fighter and promotion.
At this point it is clear that the ‘Predator’ is unhappy with his current contract, which could be completed next weekend depending on the outcome of the title unifier against Cyril Gane at UFC 270. If Ngannou wins, the champion’s clause begins and his contract expands to a year or three. If he loses, the ‘Predator’ becomes a restricted free agent able to make offers from other campaigns after a 90-day negotiation period with the UFC (and subject to a one-year long adjustment period).
No matter the outcome, Ngannou believes it is time to strike a new deal.
“In terms of the deal, it’s very difficult to explain,” Ngannou said ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “The UFC deal is very tricky. That’s why you sign a 40-month deal and four years later you find yourself active and dealing with everything. By contract, that means I’ve executed eight fights in my contract. And the Championship clause means people don’t understand it [it] It is optional because at the end of this contract, it states that if you are a champion, you are extended to three matches or a year. So I thought this was optional.
This time Ngannou has a special clause that allows him to take on matches in the boxing ring, not only for pay increases. The 35-year-old has regularly expressed interest in moving to professional boxing, where he intends to compete against names like Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury before retiring.
Fury was more receptive to the idea, the two-time heavyweight champion proposed ‘Clash of the Titans’ fight With the UFC Champion on social media. It remains to be seen if that will happen, but if it does, Ngannou wants the UFC behind him for the crossover event.
“No, I’m not fighting for $ 500,000, $ 600,000 anymore,” Ngannou said. “I mean, it’s over. Is over. I’ve done it. I took this fight for a personal reason, and I want to make sure that I was treated wrong, regardless of whether it was unfair, I can say my case is that I have completed eight matches. But no.
“We have this [boxing] Talk for a year, and it looks like he’s doing it right, ”Ngannou continued. “Let’s be honest. Whatever you do, be it any event, be it boxing, I still believe that when the UFC gets involved, it will make it big. There is no question. So yes, if I want to box, I want the UFC to get involved.
Negotiations on the deal have not resumed, but Extreme Couture talent and their team are hoping to reach an agreement with the UFC soon.