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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou said he’ll now now not strive against beyond his upcoming title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on Jan. 22 till he will get a brand contemporary contend with UFC.
“I will now now not strive against for $500,000 [or] $600,000 anymore. Or now now not it is over,” Ngannou said, per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I took this strive against for deepest reasons, due to I wish to make sure that no topic [whether] or now now not it is lovely, I can make my case that I after all beget carried out the fights.”
The subsequent bout will the final of his eight-strive against deal at the beginning signed in 2017, even supposing there may perchance be a champion’s clause in his contract, in line with Okamoto. If he retains the belt, he’ll remain below contract with UFC for three more fights or one year.
Ngannou, nonetheless, said he is titillating to retain out if most important.
The 35-year-primitive obtained the heavyweight belt for the main time in March with a knockout to find over Stipe Miocic. It used to be his fifth knockout victory in a row as he climbed the rankings, and he is now regarded as the No. 4 pound-for-pound fighter in UFC.
It’d be a most important loss for UFC if he leaves for one more organization, but president Dana White regarded unconcerned.
“You make now now not repeatedly reach to terms with of us,” White informed ESPN final month. “Hear, when you may perchance beget to be with us, we would fancy to beget you ever. Whenever you make now now not wish to be with us, no disclose. All honest.”
Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin, indicated it is miles as a lot as UFC to complete a deal.
“Now we beget tried to earn a deal done with the UFC, but we have not viewed spy to spy,” Martin said. “On the close of the day, or now now not it is Dana’s decision, or now now not it is the UFC’s decision—whether or not they have to reach back to the table and beget a dialog.”
There is veritably a keen lawful strive against if Ngannou wins his bout against Gane and stays the champion.
There would completely be passion in varied mixed martial arts organizations if Ngannou turns real into a free agent, but he may perchance well moreover turn to the boxing ring.
Boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tweeted about a attainable matchup with the UFC big title:
TYSON FURY @Tyson_FuryWho choose to stumble on me strive against this beast boxing principles @ufc gloves?@danawhite @francis_ngannou pic.twitter.com/xONNoT8NzR
This matchup may perchance well be closely anticipated but may perchance well reach appropriate down to Ngannou’s contract space with UFC.