Francis Ngannou in conflict with the UFC: “No, I’m not going to fight for $ 500,000, $ 600,000 anymore!” “

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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou intends to take a hiatus for the rest of 2022 if he defeats Ciryl Gane, and can’t agree on terms a lucrative new contract with the UFC including an option allowing him to be able to box.

Ngannou (16-3) told ESPN on Thursday that he believes he has lived up to the terms of his current contract with the UFC as he faces the interim champion Ciryl Gane (10-0) in a title unification at UFC 270 on January 22.

But the Cameroonian puncher also admits to having a clause in his contract that could delay his next decision-making whatever it is.

However, Ngannou ensures that one thing must change:

“No, I’m not going to fight for $ 500,000 or $ 600,000 anymore!” Ngannou said when asked if he would fight under the terms of an extended contract with the UFC.

“I mean, it’s over. It’s over. I took this fight for personal reasons, and I want to make sure that despite that, even though it’s not fair, even though I’ve been treated badly, I can say in my case that I ‘ve completed all eight fights. “

Ngannou said he signed a deal with the UFC in December 2017, ahead of his first heavyweight championship fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220, the terms of which were applicable for a period of five years.

However, a contract clause of the champion also stipulates that if he still holds the title when his contract expires, Ngannou should remain linked with the promotion for another year or three more fights.

“All of this makes me think it’s optional,” Ngannou said.

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