Coach Explains Why Francis Ngannou Left UFC
Eric Nicksick, Francis Ngannou’s head coach, has provided his take on the events that resulted in Ngannou parting ways with the UFC.
On Saturday, news of Ngannou’s dismissal from the UFC shook the MMA world. It marked the resolution of a contract dispute with the UFC that had persisted since Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic to win the title at UFC 260.
Ngannou is now free to discuss a potential boxing battle with Tyson Fury and a comeback to mixed martial arts under a different banner. The top contenders, like Bellator and the PFL, are anticipated to challenge the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ngannou apparently turned down the most expensive contract offer in UFC heavyweight history to maintain his position.
He has criticized the lack of freedom provided to boxers in their contracts, including the possibility of boxing. Nicksick, who has cornered Ngannou throughout some of his most memorable UFC encounters, thinks Ngannou should be commended for not giving up on his goals for change.
Ngannou has received acclaim from many, including Jake Paul, for his opposition to the mistreatment of fighters. Ngannou won’t face the same level of opposition he did in the UFC, but he won’t back down from his tough approach.
He is anticipated to be rewarded with the freedom to consider several career possibilities.