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Francis Ngannou accuses the UFC of “sabotaging” him with interim title



Francis Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champion, is accusing the promotion of “sabotaging” his career. Ngannou told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he takes no issue with Ciryl Gane’s claim to the interim title, but he’s sick of the UFC portraying him as the villain.


“The only issue is how — because on my end, I know that was the way to apply pressure — it didn’t seem right. I find it so awkward that it didn’t even bother me. I’m like, what’s going on? OK, let’s do it.

Ngannou accuses the UFC of “sabotaging” him with interim title

What bothers me is the fact that to promote that fight they were trying to discredit me and pretend, ‘If you want to go on vacation, keep yourself and when you want to fight, we are here.’


No, I want to fight and I wasn’t on vacation. And they use a video from Embedded to play that game, to pretend to discredit me and show that I was on vacation.


That bothers me because that’s not right. I know that is not true, it’s just to discredit me, to control the narrative.


I don’t have a problem if they want to do the interim, just do the interim without sabotaging me.”


Ngannou claimed the heavyweight crown in spectacular fashion this March. He knocked Stipe Miocic out in their rematch, and was scarcely given time to celebrate before an interim bout was announced.


“Not to mention they have to give me at least time to maybe go home and introduce the belt for my people, for my country, for my family. 


Why was the rush so bad? In the past two years I have fought twice and suddenly I have to defend my title after two months? What is the rush? What’s wrong? Why can’t I have the average time as everybody, three or four months?”


Ngannou blames ongoing contract negotiations for the UFC’s bad faith actions.


“I did not sign a new deal.


First of all, there is a champ clause and they’ve been trying to apply pressure with an extension, but I did not sign a new deal and I think that’s basically the issue.


That’s what is causing all these issues because I don’t want to sign a new deal on certain terms.

Do you think Francis Ngannou is right, or is he just complaining about the UFC because he hasn’t defended his title yet? Let us know in the comments.


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