The big story heading into UFC 270 is Francis Ngannou and his UFC contract. The Cameroonian heavyweight champion has been honest about his contract and what he wants going forward.
It was revealed that he would be staying in the UFC should he successfully defend his title due to the champion’s clause in his contract. Ngannou recently addressed that and was not messing around.
“No, I will not fight for $500,000, $600,000 any more,” Ngannou told ESPN when asked about potential contract extension (via MMAFighting). “I mean, it’s over. It’s over. I just did this. I took this fight for a personal reason, and I want to make sure that regardless, even if it’s unfair, I have been wrongly treated, I can make my case to say I have completed the eight fights. But no.”
Francis Ngannou is prepared to deal with whatever happens after UFC 270. Even if he has to walk away from the sport altogether.
“The reason why I’m here is because I earned it,” Ngannou explained. “Nobody has given me anything. So I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but I’m sure I will make it. I will keep making it. I’m want to win this fight, but if I lost, it’s fine. I don’t think that takes anything out of me as a man. I have done a lot as a man.
“Even if this was the end, well, I’ll say I did it. Not many people in their lifetime, even those who have better opportunities than I, can tell the same story as me. I’m happy where I am.”
Things are going to start going very quickly with Francis Ngannou set to fight at UFC 270. Many will be hoping to see him continue to fight under the big organization.