Francis Nagnnou says he has refused to signal a brand new UFC deal forward of his heavyweight title showdown with interim champion, Cyril Gane.
Ngannou and Gane are scheduled to satisfy at UFC 270 in January, however that’s set to be the ultimate struggle on his contract.
The promotion not often let fighters as helpful because the Cameroonian struggle out the final bout on their deal.
Nevertheless, Ngannou is aware of his price and says if UFC can’t pay him correctly, he’s going to enter heavyweight boxing.
In actual fact, he says he’s so underpaid that he has needed to borrow cash only for coaching camps.
Ngannou instructed Ariel Helwani throughout The MMA Hour: “They’ve been making an attempt to use stress with these extensions, however I didn’t signal a brand new deal.
“And I believe that’s mainly the problem. That’s what’s inflicting all these points as a result of I don’t wish to signal a brand new deal on sure phrases.
“It doesn’t work for me as a result of I don’t really feel protected in these phrases. Prior to now two years, I fought twice, after which I’ve to borrow cash to go away.
“No one cares about it. I’ve no assure in that deal. And I’ve no citation.
“So, based mostly on that have, I wish to get one thing higher. Higher phrases on my contract, and clearly, [get paid] what I deserve.”
A champion borrowing cash for a coaching camp isn’t an excellent look and UFC president Dana White has come beneath stress for the way he pays fighters on a number of events.
“I really feel like I shouldn’t have to borrow cash for my coaching camp. In some unspecified time in the future, I’m gonna go after [that boxing] cash. I’m gonna go try this boxing. That’s for positive.
“That’s what it says, Unbiased Contractor, with a potential termination date. Then after that, you might be free, proper?
“Then you may have a proper from there to determine once more the place you’re going and what you’re gonna do.
“You don’t need to be pressured to maintain signing or to remain within the [same] contract. Then that’s not being an Unbiased Contractor.”
Jon Jones, a matchup many followers wished for Ngannou, has additionally been sitting on the sidelines as a result of UFC received’t pay him what he thinks is truthful for such a banner matchup.
Not everybody could be Conor McGregor, it appears.