Francis Ngannou responds to UFC President Dana White: “What is your problem with me?”

By Fernando Quiles - May 21, 2023

Newly-signed PFL heavyweight Francis Ngannou wants to know what beef UFC President Dana White has with him.

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It was splitsville for Ngannou and the UFC back in January. While “The Predator” was the UFC Heavyweight Champion at the time, the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new deal. Ultimately, Ngannou signed with the PFL, and White shared some not-so-favorable thoughts on the move.


During the UFC Vegas 73 post-fight press conference, White was in full promoter mode, bashing Ngannou’s PFL deal.

“Based on what I know about the deal, which is not much, it makes no sense to me. You’re going to pay a guy not to fight for a year and it’s already been like 18 months, he’s fought three times in the last three years. The day that we released him, I knew exactly what was going to happen. Francis wants to take zero risks. Doesn’t want to take any chances and he obviously didn’t want to take a chance against Jon Jones and after we saw what happened with Ciryl Gane, I don’t blame him. I think the outcome would have been exactly the same and I’m sure most of you do and I think Francis does too.”

Francis Ngannou Returns Fire

Francis Ngannou caught wind of White’s comments and he fired back on Twitter.

“What is your problem with me?

“1. I completed my contract, was a free agent, and chose to walk away. You didn’t release me.

“2. I hate taking risks? that’s why I defended my title to fulfill my contract with no ACL or MCL?

“3. The reason I fought three times in three years is because you wanted to control my deal and signs a new one. And freeze me out. ‘I owe these guys three fights a year.’ Isn’t that what you say? What happened? I always asked for & never said no to any fight in the 3 years.

“I’m finally getting paid and respected, and have a deal that’s fair and equal for all parties. Why are you so against me being free and happy?”

Ngannou won’t be competing inside the PFL cage until mid-2024. He wants to have a boxing match later this year before returning to MMA action.

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