Francis Ngannou Seeks Meeting With Dana White For One Reason

Ngannou has yet to talk with White but plans to do so.

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Francis Ngannou seeks meeting with UFC President Dana White after the boss has given some negative comments about him and his performances lately.

In-House Fighting

Before getting into his next fight, he wants to get right with White but there’s one problem with his plan. He needs to find a way to get a meeting with him.

At the UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Derrick Lewis was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over the former title contender. This was not a thrilling fight at all. Instead, neither fighter threw a lot of shots in a stand-up fight that was being hyped as someone will be KO’d in the first round. That didn’t happen.

Thus, after the fight, White was not happy with Ngannou and blasted them as a result of it by stating that he thought the former title contender had some ego problems.

Francis Ngannou Seeks Meeting

Ngannou joined “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” where he talked about his previous fight, the comments made by White, and his next booking under the UFC banner inside of the Octagon. He stated that he has yet to speak with White since losing to former UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic in January.

“No, I haven’t seen him, I haven’t talked with him,” Ngannou said (via MMA Mania). “Yes, I want to [clear the air] but I don’t know how I’m gonna handle that. Since my fight against Stipe, I haven’t seen Dana White. I never called him.

“We never spoke on the phone. I have to put that out of my head, people got disappointed with my performance. I have to put that away, that distraction, and focus on the fight.”

Curtis Blaydes and Ngannou are slated to fight at the upcoming UFC Beijing event (also known as UFC Fight Night 141) on November 25, 2018, at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Alistair Overeem Ponders Retirement

Alistair Overeem ponders retirement.

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All good things must come to an end.

Alistair Overeem has been competing in combat sports for over two decades. Many of those years were spent at the highest level, competing in promotions like Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1. “The Reem” would earn championships in each of those organizations.

More recently, Overeem has fallen on harder times. He was brutally knocked out by Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes in his last two fights.

Given Overeem’s recent setbacks fans have begun to call for “The Reem” to hang em’ up. Although he hears the fans concerns, Overeem still believes he can make one more run at UFC gold.

“I’m 38 years old, and that’s important to note,” Alistair Overeem told ESPN. “I fully realize the end of my career is coming. It’s just coming. You can’t fight forever. I’ve had a beautiful career. Twenty-one years … crazy. Twenty-one years of fighting.”

“The end is coming, but I can still do this right now. And I can still go all in.”

“We’re not there yet, but I could see myself in one or two years, three maximum, walking away with a big smile on my face. I feel very content. I love the sport. My life is designed and dedicated to the sport. It’s been one gigantic, beautiful adventure — and I’m enjoying it still.”

Overeem decided to change things up after his last loss. He now calls Elevation MMA home after departing from his longtime team at JacksonWink MMA. Overeem explained he would’ve changed camps sooner had he not been training for Elevation heavyweight Blaydes.

“I’ve noticed some things were missing [in my previous training camps],” Overeem said. “I started to look around at different camps, and I had plans to train in Denver. When the Curtis fight was booked, I put that to the side and trained with what I had at the time. The results weren’t good, and that was a wakeup call for me.”

“I had seen Curtis early this year, and we were talking about me coming to the gym. After our fight happened, I sent him a message, and he said I should still come out. I like the vibe of the gym and the city. I still feel, clearly, as if I can make that next jump.”

Comment below and let us know what you think. How many more fights does Alistair Overeem have left in him?

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John Wood Believes That Francis Ngannou Doesn’t Have An Ego Problem

Much has been said about Francis Ngannou’s attitude after his appalling performance against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226. After UFC 226, UFC President Dana White made bizarre claims about Ngannou’s ego, putting his character into question. Whit…

Much has been said about Francis Ngannou’s attitude after his appalling performance against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226. After UFC 226, UFC President Dana White made bizarre claims about Ngannou’s ego, putting his character into question. White claimed that Ngannou’s “ego ran away with him big time”. This was seen by many as a backstab from […]

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Coach Believes Francis Ngannou Can Become Unstoppable Force Again

Francis Ngannou’s coach has a plan of getting him back on track.

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Coach believes Francis Ngannou can become the unstoppable force again after his slight dip in performance before challenging for the UFC heavyweight title.

Ngannou is still trying to find himself as an overall MMA fighter instead of just being a striker. At the UFC 220 PPV (pay-per-view) event at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on pay-per-view, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic successfully retained his title at the time in the main event by scoring a dominant decision win over the title contender.

Moving along to the UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Derrick Lewis was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over the former title contender.

Syndicate MMA under coach John Wood told MMA Fighting in a recent interview that he believes Ngannou will return to the gym for his rematch with Curtis Blaydes, which is a rematch that saw Ngannou win the first time around by second-round TKO in 2016. As a result, he thinks he can get Ngannou back to his dominant ways.

“Francis is always a pleasure,” Wood said. “Nicest guy, funny dude, always enjoyed having him around. Great to have him in the gym, always playing with the kids. Just a good dude, man. I never had any experience like that with him at all.”

“We’re still talking about how amazing Francis is. That’s MMA. It’s hard to say. … Is it maybe too soon? It’s a little early in his career. Is it too soon for him to handle it? Eh, he’ll keep growing and get better and I think eventually he’ll end up with that title.”

“He’s still learning, he’s still growing,” Ngannou said. “And yes, he’s still green. That dude is a freak. It’s a freak how fast he learns, how strong. In another year or two, if he keeps moving the way he is, yeah he’s gonna be an unstoppable force. But some people take to it quicker. There’s just little pieces that need to click. But if he goes out there and starches Stipe with one punch, then … we’d be thing he’s the best fighter there’s ever been, that kind of thing.”

Blaydes and Ngannou are slated to fight at the upcoming UFC Beijing event (also known as UFC Fight Night 141) on November 25, 2018 at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Coach Believes Francis Ngannou Can Become Unstoppable Force Again

Francis Ngannou’s coach has a plan of getting him back on track.

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Coach believes Francis Ngannou can become the unstoppable force again after his slight dip in performance before challenging for the UFC heavyweight title.

Ngannou is still trying to find himself as an overall MMA fighter instead of just being a striker. At the UFC 220 PPV (pay-per-view) event at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on pay-per-view, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic successfully retained his title at the time in the main event by scoring a dominant decision win over the title contender.

Moving along to the UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Derrick Lewis was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over the former title contender.

Syndicate MMA under coach John Wood told MMA Fighting in a recent interview that he believes Ngannou will return to the gym for his rematch with Curtis Blaydes, which is a rematch that saw Ngannou win the first time around by second-round TKO in 2016. As a result, he thinks he can get Ngannou back to his dominant ways.

“Francis is always a pleasure,” Wood said. “Nicest guy, funny dude, always enjoyed having him around. Great to have him in the gym, always playing with the kids. Just a good dude, man. I never had any experience like that with him at all.”

“We’re still talking about how amazing Francis is. That’s MMA. It’s hard to say. … Is it maybe too soon? It’s a little early in his career. Is it too soon for him to handle it? Eh, he’ll keep growing and get better and I think eventually he’ll end up with that title.”

“He’s still learning, he’s still growing,” Ngannou said. “And yes, he’s still green. That dude is a freak. It’s a freak how fast he learns, how strong. In another year or two, if he keeps moving the way he is, yeah he’s gonna be an unstoppable force. But some people take to it quicker. There’s just little pieces that need to click. But if he goes out there and starches Stipe with one punch, then … we’d be thing he’s the best fighter there’s ever been, that kind of thing.”

Blaydes and Ngannou are slated to fight at the upcoming UFC Beijing event (also known as UFC Fight Night 141) on November 25, 2018 at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Francis Ngannou’s Coach Agrees With Dana White’s ‘Ego’ Callout

Even Francis Ngannou’s coach agrees with Dana White.

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It looks like Francis Ngannou’s coach agrees with Dana White’s “ego” callout.

Ngannou fought Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 earlier this summer. Many have called it the worst fight in UFC heavyweight history. Neither Ngannou or Lewis really engaged in any action.

Lewis was the aggressor of the pair, and wound up taking the decision victory. It was quite the fall from grace for “The Predator,” who had previously starched his opposition before his losing skid.

He’s now on a two-fight losing streak. Ngannou suffered his first UFC defeat in January. Stipe Miocic bested him in their UFC heavyweight title fight. Miocic took the knockout artist all five rounds and won the unanimous decision.

After his loss to Lewis, Ngannou has now lost two straight. UFC President Dana White had some interesting comments about the Franchman following UFC 226. He claimed Ngannou’s ego “ran away with him.”

Ngannou’s coach, Fernand Lopez, tells MMANews.pl (via MMA NYTT) that White’s comments carried some truth:

“The only thing I can say is Dana was speaking about Francis’ ego is probably one of the truths that I witnessed that Dana White said,” Lopez said.

“It’s probably the only truth that I know for a fact, that’s a fact. Why am I saying that? I’m saying that because Ngannou is like a brother for me and when you’re dealing with a brother, problems with your brother, you have to be honest with your brother so he can be a better man.

“In order to make Francis a better man, there are some people that have to have the bad role. The bad job is to tell Ngannou ‘You have a big ego and you have changed with the time.’

“That’s the truth. I had the conversation with Ngannou and I said to him ‘You have changed my friend, you have changed. You’re not the same anymore. Your ego is killing you and it’s just about your ego.’ That’s the thing like.”

Lopez mentioned that prior to his fight with Lewis, Ngannou was actually training with John Wood at Syndicate MMA. This is one reason Lopez believes he dropped the fight to “The Black Beast.” He also revealed that Ngannou didn’t stick to the gameplan they had against Stipe Miocic in January:

“All the time he was in Vegas he was still in my team,” Lopez said. “He never left the team, the membership. Every time he was asked if he was an MMA Factory member he didn’t let me down on that. He was always saying that. The only problem was, there’s never been a problem between us.

“During the last fight, we decided to make the camp with Syndicate MMA because the gym was close to the UFC Institute. So for his last fight, his mentor was John Wood of Syndicate.

“He called and said to me and asked me if I could come and assist him as a friend and as an assistant coach, which made sense and that was a good thing.

“But what I’m saying is the ego can make you go the wrong way and hurt people.

“Myself I got hurt with a lot of dedication to Francis’ career, I got hurt, a lot. When Francis lost the fight with Stipe, no one ever heard Francis say he lost because he didn’t follow the gameplan. He did the opposite of the gameplan that we worked.

“That loss for Francis, for the belt, had a huge impact for him, but also myself and my gym. Francis being world champion means that I’m a champion coach and that means the MMA Factory is a champion training camp.

“We missed that because he did not follow the gameplan. He followed the gameplans until the title shot and then the next fight (against Lewis) he was in Syndicate MMA.”

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