Francis Ngannou has become one of the most iconic fighters with everything going on in the UFC over the past three weeks. The heavyweight champion is here to make a statement.
UFC 270 staged one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time. Francis Ngannou is battling his former teammate Ciryl Gane in a five-round battle to secure his heavyweight belt. Not only did Ngannou defend his title, but he also has his UFC career and a lot of money in this fight. Ngannou changed the odds in his favor and won the fight by unanimous decision after spending two rounds with one of the best boxers.
On a recent episode of MMA Hour, Francis Ngannou appeared to have a confrontation with Ariel Helwani. The heavyweight champion talked about his current situation with the UFC and the possibility of him dropping out of promotion despite defending his belt. Ngannou said the problem is not just about money, but also how advertising treats its fighters with no guarantee of a sustainable future.
Francis Ngannou says he lost $7 million due to not accepting new deal with UFC
“You can go free and fight for the UFC. I just want to be free. We are independent contractors and we are technically a freelancer. That’s why we need to adjust the contract. That’s why I fought,” Francis said during MMA Hour. Francis reaffirms that this battle for promotion is not only about money but also the fact that he has no freedom in making his own choices.
“For the duration of the contract, they detain you. You cannot do anything. You have no rights,” Ngannou said. Money is tempted, that’s fine, but this is not about money. I think it’s not just money.” The heavyweight said he was offered more money for the new deal but he turned it down simply because they didn’t meet his demands for freedom.
“I have left a lot of money on the table even since the fight with Stipe. Now, I can drop the $7 million that I left on the table. This is the thing. Freedom doesn’t work with money. You give one for one. Whether you want freedom, whether you want money. You give up one to gain one. ”
https://firstsportz.com/ufc-its-about-freedom-not-money-francis-ngannou-explains-why-he-wont-bend-on-his-demands/ “It’s about freedom, not about money,” Francis Ngannou explains why he didn’t succumb to his demands »FirstSportz