Ahoy, me hearties! Gather round and listen to the tale of Francis Ngannou. This here fighter ain’t about to let that scurvy UFC President Dana White rewrite the narrative about his UFC exit. Nay, he be issuing a point-by-point rebuttal to White’s statements about his move to the tournament-based promotion.
“What be yer problem with me?” asked Ngannou, who just ended four months of free agency with a PFL deal historic in its scope and compensation. Ngannou first countered White’s false claim that he had been released from the promotion, pointing out his exit was triggered by the expiration of his previous UFC contract in December 2022.
White’s statement on Ngannou’s schedule during his UFC tenure also drew a rebuttal. The ex-UFC champ pointed out long stretches of inactivity he said were the product of White’s attempt to “control my deal,” and “freeze me out” when he declined to sign a new contract. Ngannou ended his rebuttal with another direct message to White, who derided the PFL’s plans with the 36-year-old Cameroonian and doubted its ability to stay in business after making such a big investment in the fighter.
“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 challenged White and Jones with a call for a showdown that he’s willing to have “Whenever, wherever.”
In addition to getting a multi-fight contract expected to start in 2024, Ngannou’s PFL deal gives him a role on the promotion’s board of directors, a management role in PFL Africa, acquire his own sponsors, and pursue a boxing match. Ngannou recently renewed his call for a showdown with Tyson Fury after the heavyweight boxing champ targeted Jones on social media.
Who really be scared? Jon, me … or you, White? Make up yer mind! This be the narrative, me hearties, of Francis Ngannou, the fighter who won’t let anyone rewrite his story.
Francis Ngannou fact-checks Dana White after UFC Vegas 73 rant: ‘What is your problem with me?’