Francis Ngannou’s Manager Received Racist Text Ahead Of UFC 270

Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin was the victim of a vicious and racist text message just days before UFC 270. Ngannou won his first heavyweight title defense over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The buildup featured heated back-and-forths with his former coach, Fernand Lopez, and accusations of lying and brutal past sparring sessions. In addition […]

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin was the victim of a vicious and racist text message just days before UFC 270.

Ngannou won his first heavyweight title defense over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The buildup featured heated back-and-forths with his former coach, Fernand Lopez, and accusations of lying and brutal past sparring sessions.

In addition to the buildup to his fight, Ngannou was dealing with a significant knee injury that nearly forced him out of the fight. He has also been in ongoing contract talks with the UFC that have allegedly gone nowhere in recent months.

But things turned from bad to worse for Ngannou and his team after Martin received a nasty text message which he shared on social media.

During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou was asked about the viral text message that Martin received this past weekend.

“I think someone is very pissed off. Which means we’ve been doing the right thing. I don’t have any guesses or any clue [of who it is],” Ngannou said.

Francis Ngannou Doesn’t Know Who Sent The Inflammatory Text

Speculation went rampant on social media following the text message’s posting, with some believing it could’ve come from UFC president Dana White. However, there is no evidence that is the case.

What we do know is that the text came from a 702 area code, which is in the Las Vegas, NV area. It was more than likely someone close to White who had access to management contact information and knew about the various issues the two sides have had.

White didn’t put the belt on Ngannou after he was given the decision win, and White hasn’t explained publicly why he declined to do so. As of right now, the heated relationship between Ngannou and the UFC brass doesn’t seem to show any signs of cooling off.

Do you think Francis Ngannou and the UFC will come to terms on a new deal?

Francis Ngannou’s Manager Received Racist Text Ahead Of UFC 270

Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin was the victim of a vicious and racist text message just days before UFC 270. Ngannou won his first heavyweight title defense over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The buildup featured heated back-and-forths with his former coach, Fernand Lopez, and accusations of lying and brutal past sparring sessions. In addition […]

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin was the victim of a vicious and racist text message just days before UFC 270.

Ngannou won his first heavyweight title defense over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The buildup featured heated back-and-forths with his former coach, Fernand Lopez, and accusations of lying and brutal past sparring sessions.

In addition to the buildup to his fight, Ngannou was dealing with a significant knee injury that nearly forced him out of the fight. He has also been in ongoing contract talks with the UFC that have allegedly gone nowhere in recent months.

But things turned from bad to worse for Ngannou and his team after Martin received a nasty text message which he shared on social media.

During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou was asked about the viral text message that Martin received this past weekend.

“I think someone is very pissed off. Which means we’ve been doing the right thing. I don’t have any guesses or any clue [of who it is],” Ngannou said.

Francis Ngannou Doesn’t Know Who Sent The Inflammatory Text

Speculation went rampant on social media following the text message’s posting, with some believing it could’ve come from UFC president Dana White. However, there is no evidence that is the case.

What we do know is that the text came from a 702 area code, which is in the Las Vegas, NV area. It was more than likely someone close to White who had access to management contact information and knew about the various issues the two sides have had.

White didn’t put the belt on Ngannou after he was given the decision win, and White hasn’t explained publicly why he declined to do so. As of right now, the heated relationship between Ngannou and the UFC brass doesn’t seem to show any signs of cooling off.

Do you think Francis Ngannou and the UFC will come to terms on a new deal?

Dillashaw Welcomes Future Fight With ‘Lower-Weight Godfather’ Aldo

TJ Dillashaw would be open to a fight with José Aldo.

TJ Dillashaw knows what it is like to be a UFC champion. He was on top of the bantamweight division for three years before having to serve a suspension for a failed drug test. Now that Dillasha…

TJ Dillashaw Jose Aldo

TJ Dillashaw would be open to a fight with José Aldo.

TJ Dillashaw knows what it is like to be a UFC champion. He was on top of the bantamweight division for three years before having to serve a suspension for a failed drug test. Now that Dillashaw is back and ready to continue his UFC career, he has one goal in mind, which is to regain his lost title.

“Let’s be honest, I left as a champion,” Dillashaw told ESPN. “I came back, fought a No. 1 contender after a 2.5-year layoff. I was able to beat him. What else is there for me? Nothing is going to get me up and excited except getting my belt back. That’s my goal. There’s nothing else for me to really set my eyes on.”

Dillashaw is in a bit of a holding pattern right now. He suffered an injury that required him to undergo surgery. His last bout was back in July when he defeated interim title challenger Cory Sandhagen. Although the surgery went well, Dillashaw still has some healing to do. He spoke a bit about his timeline for return.

“I wouldn’t say an exact timeframe, but I imagine halfway through the year,” he explained. “I’m able to hit mitts, strength, and conditioning. I haven’t done any grappling yet. That’s the last thing I’ll feel comfortable about again. And then I have to start thinking about getting into a camp.”

TJ Dillashaw Open To Fighting José Aldo

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Dillashaw is currently sitting in the #2 spot in the division, right behind interim champion Petr Yan. With Yan already set to face the champion, Aljamain Sterling, in April, that could leave Dillashaw out of the loop. Fortunately, there has been someone calling his name for a while now. That man is none other than José Aldo.

“I think he has called me out after every one of his fights recently which is amazing,” Dillashaw said. “I’ve looked up to Aldo, I think everyone has looked up to Aldo. Aldo’s been like one of the godfathers of the lower weight classes, but we’ll have our time, he keeps doing what he’s doing, I’m going to get my belt back, and then it would be really amazing.”

Aldo recently won three in a row at bantamweight and could be in the title hunt himself. A possible #1-contender fight with Dillashaw could be an interesting one and a real possibility depending on what happens with Sterling vs. Yan at UFC 273.

Do you think Dillashaw will get a title shot without fighting José Aldo first?

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UFC Threaten To Sue Francis Ngannou’s Manager For Jake Paul Talks

Francis Ngannou, Jake PaulUFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s manager was allegedly threatened with a lawsuit by the UFC for engaging in talks with Jake Paul‘s team. Ngannou defeated Ciryl Gane over the weekend via a unanimous decision at UFC 270. Like Ngannou, Paul has been vocal about the issue of fighter pay and the UFC. It’s unclear what […]

Francis Ngannou, Jake Paul

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s manager was allegedly threatened with a lawsuit by the UFC for engaging in talks with Jake Paul‘s team.

Ngannou defeated Ciryl Gane over the weekend via a unanimous decision at UFC 270. Like Ngannou, Paul has been vocal about the issue of fighter pay and the UFC.

It’s unclear what the context of the initial reach out was, but Paul’s team allegedly contacted Ngannou’s management leading up to the fight. During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou explained what happened once the UFC found out that Paul’s team was looking to connect with him.

Francis Ngannou’s Management Was Contacted By Jake Paul’s Team

“My manager said he received an email from the UFC saying they were going to sue him,” Ngannou said. “Nakisa [Bidarian]. I don’t know him, but someone from Jake Paul’s team reached out to us. I was like ‘Is he a promoter or something?’. But it doesn’t look like they don’t want to talk to me anymore. I don’t him, I couldn’t recognize him if you put him in front of me.”

In addition to making waves in the world of boxing, Paul has also been supportive of various UFC fighters who have spoken out on the fighter pay issue. Ngannou has been one of the biggest names in the promotion to go toe-to-toe with the UFC regarding how fighters are treated financially.

Ngannou’s win over Gane was the second to last fight on his current UFC deal. However, it’s unclear if he’ll fight again later on in the year as he undergoes knee surgery and continues negotiations.

Before the fight with Gane came to fruition, Ngannou was expected to face former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones next. But negotiations never materialized as Jones and Ngannou both wanted a big paycheck.

Ngannou could be on the verge of becoming a free agent, and it’s certainly possible he may be in touch with Paul’s team in the future.

What are your thoughts on Francis Ngannou‘s contract situation?

UFC Threaten To Sue Francis Ngannou’s Manager For Jake Paul Talks

Francis Ngannou, Jake PaulUFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s manager was allegedly threatened with a lawsuit by the UFC for engaging in talks with Jake Paul‘s team. Ngannou defeated Ciryl Gane over the weekend via a unanimous decision at UFC 270. Like Ngannou, Paul has been vocal about the issue of fighter pay and the UFC. It’s unclear what […]

Francis Ngannou, Jake Paul

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s manager was allegedly threatened with a lawsuit by the UFC for engaging in talks with Jake Paul‘s team.

Ngannou defeated Ciryl Gane over the weekend via a unanimous decision at UFC 270. Like Ngannou, Paul has been vocal about the issue of fighter pay and the UFC.

It’s unclear what the context of the initial reach out was, but Paul’s team allegedly contacted Ngannou’s management leading up to the fight. During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou explained what happened once the UFC found out that Paul’s team was looking to connect with him.

Francis Ngannou’s Management Was Contacted By Jake Paul’s Team

“My manager said he received an email from the UFC saying they were going to sue him,” Ngannou said. “Nakisa [Bidarian]. I don’t know him, but someone from Jake Paul’s team reached out to us. I was like ‘Is he a promoter or something?’. But it doesn’t look like they don’t want to talk to me anymore. I don’t him, I couldn’t recognize him if you put him in front of me.”

In addition to making waves in the world of boxing, Paul has also been supportive of various UFC fighters who have spoken out on the fighter pay issue. Ngannou has been one of the biggest names in the promotion to go toe-to-toe with the UFC regarding how fighters are treated financially.

Ngannou’s win over Gane was the second to last fight on his current UFC deal. However, it’s unclear if he’ll fight again later on in the year as he undergoes knee surgery and continues negotiations.

Before the fight with Gane came to fruition, Ngannou was expected to face former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones next. But negotiations never materialized as Jones and Ngannou both wanted a big paycheck.

Ngannou could be on the verge of becoming a free agent, and it’s certainly possible he may be in touch with Paul’s team in the future.

What are your thoughts on Francis Ngannou‘s contract situation?

Francis Ngannou ‘Down At Least $7 Million’ After Refusing New UFC Deal

Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou may be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but he certainly isn’t getting paid like one after refusing to sign a new contract with the UFC. ‘The Predator’ impressively beat Ciryl Gane over five rounds this past weekend in what was the final fight of his current UFC deal. However, due to […]

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou may be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but he certainly isn’t getting paid like one after refusing to sign a new contract with the UFC.

‘The Predator’ impressively beat Ciryl Gane over five rounds this past weekend in what was the final fight of his current UFC deal. However, due to a championship clause within his contract Ngannou will remain tied to the UFC for three more fights or one more year, whatever comes first.

It’s been widely reported that Ngannou made just $600,000 at UFC 270 and the man himself confirmed that to be true during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. The Cameroonian knockout artist also revealed just how much money he left on the table by not re-signing with the UFC.

“I’ve been leaving a lot of money on the table, even since the Stipe (Miocic) fight,” Ngannou said. “By now I might be down at least $7 million that I left on the table. I’m still happy with my $600,000 because I stood to fight for what I work for. Freedom doesn’t work with money. You give up one for one, whether you want freedom or whether you want money. You give up one to gain one.”

“This wasn’t just a fight, I was not just fighting in the Octagon, I was fighting for everything I stand for,” Ngannou continued. “It was way more beyond the fight, it was for my principles, for things that I believe in. That was the reason why I was fighting. Even when they were trying to reach out for a deal they came out with a good amount of money. I’m like, ‘At this point it doesn’t even matter.’ I left that all on the table. I don’t even care. I’m taking my six-hundred thousand, I’m going there, doing this, and I’m winning everything.” (Transcribed by MMA Mania)

What’s Next For Francis Ngannou?

The UFC heavyweight king has no intention of fighting again on his current contract and recently revealed he is considering sitting out and waiting for the championship clause to expire.

Ngannou has been linked to a boxing match with Tyson Fury. ‘The Gypsy King’ even invited him into the square circle in the aftermath of UFC 270.

Do you think Francis Ngannou should’ve taken $7 million from the UFC?