UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Nganou desires to see the modifications made by Struggle Promotion, and believes it’s the athletes’ responsibility to foyer for one thing higher.
Ngannou efficiently defended his title for the primary time in January by defeating Cyril Acquire by unanimous determination within the UFC 270 foremost occasion. The 36-year-old underwent knee surgical procedure to restore an ACL and MCL weeks after the combat and is recovering and rehabilitating.
The match with Acquire was Ngannu’s final on contract. He and Struggle Promotions failed to achieve an settlement earlier than the combat and Nganou says he has not acquired any new affords from UFC Headquarters.
“The standing of my contract continues to be the identical. I have never acquired a suggestion, so it is nonetheless the identical,” mentioned Ngannou MMA on SiriusXM Podcast, “I hope that within the subsequent three months, in two to 3 months, we are able to cope with this, to resolve this.”
It has been eight months since Ngannou headlined UFC 270. It’d look like a very long time earlier than a combat promotion does not make a suggestion, however Ngannou is not anxious.
“It is no shock to me. I suppose we’re not in a rush. I am not in a rush both,” Nganou mentioned. “I imply, I am not going anyplace, so I am not dashing. On the finish of the day now we have a very long time.”
Ngannou desires boxing freedom
One of many causes Ngannou needed to advertise the combat and Nganou couldn’t come to an settlement earlier than Gan fought. He needed, amongst different issues, the liberty of boxing. Requested if boxing continues to be a moot level, Nganou replied, “Nevertheless it ends, it must be a part of it.”
Nganou entered the ring after Tyson Fury defeated Dillian White at Wembley Stadium on April 23. He and Fury hypnotize a doable future combat.
“We’ll discover out who the worst motherf**ker on the planet is,” Nganou mentioned. “A number of months and I will be again on my toes.”
“It may be a really particular combat like by no means earlier than within the historical past of our sport,” Fury mentioned of a possible match towards Nganou. “We’re not speaking two lighter guys, 140-pound guys. I am 270. He is 270 kilos, so it may be an explosive combat when that occurs.”
Ngannou desires to field Fury as a result of it will likely be a large payday. UFC Heavyweight Champion Boxing solely towards Heavyweight Champion markets. The UFC allowed former two-division champion Conor McGregor to crossover in boxing in 2017 to tackle Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Francis Ngannou requires modifications in UFC contracts with fighters
The flexibility to deal with boxing bouts wasn’t the one factor Nagano desires to vary going ahead. He wish to see the various modifications caused by UFC coverage and fighter contracts.
“Once you take a look at this recreation, do you assume every little thing is ideal? I do not assume every little thing is ideal,” Nganou mentioned. “With my time I spotted that there are plenty of points that may be fastened. I used to be getting pissed off at one level as a result of I felt insecure… I need the UFC to be on the opposition as regards to fighters now. Take into account it.”
UFC fighters put on sponsored outfits throughout an occasion’s Struggle Week. The present attire contract is with Venom. Struggle Promotions lately struck a cope with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s shoe firm, Undertaking Rock. The offers bar fighters from sure sponsorship offers that have been profitable to fighters prior to now.
“I believe fighters must also have the precise to get a sponsor on their shirts. Not for the corporate to earn cash from it,” Nganou mentioned. “I perceive they need to make this related stuff and make this recreation clear. I perceive that.”
“We’ve got to have a way of checking and approving some sponsors, so you’ll be able to deliver your sponsor in and earn cash from it,” Nganou continued. “I believe over time, UFC fighters, we’re shedding plenty of energy. The corporate is getting larger, stronger, and now we have no energy.”
“I believe it’s also our responsibility to do one thing for us (fighters), to go away a greater recreation for the subsequent technology.”