Will a contract dispute hurt Francis Ngannou at UFC 270?


The first UFC pay-per-view of the year has huge consequences for the organization’s reigning heavyweight champion.

Francis Ngannou, who will look to unify his belt with interim title holder Ciryl Gane during the main event of UFC 270 on January 22 in Anaheim, Calif., Enters the event at a curious deadlock with the brass. UFC regarding his contract status.

According to the champion’s leadership, along with UFC President Dana White, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will complete his current contract if he fails to defeat Gane (10-0 MMA, 7- 0 UFC) in the fight. If he wins, the deal spans another which is likely to be concluded in 2022 before the fighter can enter free agency.

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This is the highest stake for Ngannou, who can make serious demands if he beats Gane. Should be insufficient, much of its existing leverage will collapse.

The circumstances going into UFC 270 are unique, but will Ngannou be able to compartmentalize the business side of his career and handle his mission inside the cage on fight night? Or is this situation perhaps too much of a burden?

It was a talking point on the last episode of “Spinning Back Clique”, with host John Morgan and panelists Mike Bohn, Brian Garcia and Nolan King.

Watch the debate in the video above or watch the full episode below.

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