Fuming Francis Ngannou slams Dana White's 'bulls***' press conference on UFC contract negotiations | The Sun

FRANCIS NGANNOU has launched a blistering attack on UFC president Dana White following his exit from the promotion.

The Predator walked away from mixed martial arts' top league following failed talks over a new contract – leaving the heavyweight title vacant.

After confirming Ngannou's departure, White claimed he'd rejected an offer to become the promotion's "highest-paid heavyweight" ever.

And that notion has irked the Cameroonian-born Frenchman, who insists he wasn't holding out for a blockbuster payday.

During an appearance on The MMA Hour, he said: “I watched part of it and at some point, I stopped watching. I was like, 'Bulls***.'

“Dana is Dana. I don’t care what he said. Dana cannot hurt me.


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"Saying things cannot hurt me. Where I come from I’ve heard a lot.

“What he said, it’s his problem. What I know is I’m here and I have a good future.

“I think what he was expressing was his frustration.

"It doesn’t matter what he said. He’s upset. He’s not happy with the situation.

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“He saw his champion go away, which has probably never happened to him.”

Ngannou was offered close to £6.5million ($8m) for a fight with former pound-for-pound king Jon Jones but turned down the lucrative deal as the promotion would not make any concessions over his requests for fighters to have in-cage sponsors and healthcare.

He said: “For the Jon Jones fight, around that [the $8m Brock Lesnar got paid for UFC 200].

“It was a multi-fight deal. I was for three fights.

"They said they would give that exception for me. No extension.

“One was Jon Jones, two was Stipe [Miocic] then Jones again.

"Out of that three fights, I hoped two were Jon Jones.”

Ngannou's old belt won't be vacant for long as Jones and Ciryl Gane will vie for it on March 4 in the main event of UFC 285 in Las Vegas.

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Now that he's a free agent, Ngannou has set his sights on returning to his first love: boxing.

And he's targeting showdowns with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

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