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Dana White confirms Francis Ngannou leaves UFC, Jones vs. Gane for uncontested title

Francis Ngannou, UFC 270 press conference. Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press.

Francis Ngannou is a former UFC heavyweight champion.

After news leaked last Saturday about Jon Jones’ heavyweight title fight against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 in March, The writing was on the wall. with many news agencies A billboard at the T-Mobile Arena and Jones himself asserting that the fight was a championship fight made Ngannou seemingly on the offensive from the promotion.

Francis Ngannou is now out of promotion, UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to media outlets, including Cageside Press, at UFC Apex on Saturday.

White added the news before anyone asked questions after the Strickland vs. Imavov card finished in Las Vegas.

“The first question has to be about heavyweight boxing. So I guess I’ll join right away,” White announced. “Yes, T-Mobile won the battle. that should not go up But it went up.

White represents a billboard-sized billboard at the Las Vegas Arena. which reveals both the bout and championship betting for UFC 285 on March 4, 2023. Multiple photos and video clips of the stadium with a banner showing the round. Social media right before UFC Vegas 67 kicks off.

“This is the official heavyweight title. We have been working on a new agreement with Francis for two years. We got to the point where he had to fight Jon Jones. Many people believed he was the all-time best for a heavyweight champion, and Jon Jones was willing and ready and able to fight anyone. He didn’t care who it was. Whoever he is in heavyweight, he’s ready to go.”

However, instead of Ngannou, it will be France’s Jones and Gane. While Ngannou doesn’t seem to agree, White tells his story.

“We made Francis an offer that would make him the highest paid heavyweight in company history. [Brock] Lesnar more than anyone else and he turned down the deal,” White said.

That led the UFC president to his familiar speech. “If you don’t want to be here don’t have to come here I think Francis is now at a point where he doesn’t want to take too much risk. It feels like a good position to fight fewer opponents and make more money. So we’ll let him do that. We will release him from the contract. We will waive the right to match. And he can go wherever he wants and do whatever he wants.”

It is unclear how many fights Ngannou has left on his contract. As the owner of the crowned position He has been linked with a promotion under the champion’s clause. Although the latest change in the UFC contract is believed to be related to the sunset clause, which Ngannou has referenced in the past.

According to White, “The Predator,” one of the fiercest heavyweights in UFC history, needed an easier fight for more money.

“This guy works hard. And he feels he is now in a position to fight less competition for more money. I don’t think he wants to take risks. You are joining Jon Jones, the best thing ever.”

“In the end There’s nothing wrong with that, he can do it, that’s not what we do here. That’s not what we do here. The best fight here There are many places where you can do that. And that’s where he’ll end up. He will end up somewhere where people throw money at him. And he will fight a fight he thinks he can win.”

“I don’t know. That’s a good question,” White replied when asked if Ngannou would sign the deal if Jon Jones wasn’t involved. The UFC president reiterated that Jones was willing to fight anyone. Not just for the position “He doesn’t care who’s on the roster. not for position He will literally fight anyone.”

Ngan Nuna has a partner waiting for him. He was recently photographed with a family member wearing a PFL T-shirt, and he previously teased boxing to face heavyweight champion Tyson. Fury

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