The difference between Dana White and his former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is showing minute effect of slowing, even after Ngannou signed a deal final week to compete below the auspices of the Expert Opponents League (PFL).
Ngannou, who is the principle UFC champion to leave the promotion since BJ Penn in 2004, confirmed final week that he had signed a bumper contract with the PFL to manufacture him regarded as one of the most major well-paid athletes in the historical previous of mixed martial arts. White, talking to the media final weekend, acknowledged that the UFC had launched Ngannou, a fighter who he had previously described as being “very now not in reality” to work with.
However in a string of statements launched on social media, Ngannou countered White’s claim that he had been launched, asserting that he turned into once a free agent following the expiration of his UFC deal.
What is your field with me?
1. I finished my contract, turned into once a free agent, and chose to stroll away. you didn’t free up me
2. I loathe taking risks? that’s why I defended my title to satisfy my contract with no acl or mcl?
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) Might perchance perchance 21, 2023
“What is your field with me?” Ngannou asked on Twitter, addressing White.
“1. I finished my contract, turned into once a free agent, and chose to stroll away. you didn’t free up me. 2. I loathe taking risks? that’s why I defended my title to satisfy my contract with no acl or mcl?
“3. The reason I fought three times in three years is on fable of you wished to regulate my deal and signs a brand fresh one. And freeze me out. ‘I owe these guys three fights a year.’ Isn’t that what you inform? What came about? I repeatedly asked for & never acknowledged no to any war in the three years.
“I’m sooner or later getting paid and revered, and accept as true with a deal that’s aesthetic and equal for all events. Why are you so against me being free and overjoyed?”
Ngannou bookmarked his riposte to White with one other field to the particular person that replaced him at the summit of the UFC’s heavyweight mountain: “When you ever in actuality need that Jon Jones war to happen attain out to @PeteMurrayPFL. At any time when, wherever.”
White, traditionally against unsuitable-promotion ever since he took Chuck Liddell to Japan best possible to seek him lose to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson below the PRIDE banner twenty years in the past, is now not inclined to take up that provide — however given the fallout between White and Ngannou, a Jones vs. Ngannou matchup doubtless now gifts regarded as one of the most major tantalising bouts that would perhaps be made in mixed martial arts.
However don’t retain your breath for that one to alter into a fact.