Francis Ngannou hasn’t signed a new UFC contract yet.
The UFC heavyweight champion is still sidelined as he recovers from his knee surgery, but in regard to his contract with the promotion, nothing has changed.
“My contract status right now is still the same, I haven’t received any offer (from the UFC). So, it is still the same,” Ngannou said to Sirius XM.
“I’m hoping in the next two or three months we can deal with that, to sort it… It’s not a surprise to me, I think we’re not in a rush. I’m not in a rush either. I’m not going anywhere, so I’m not rushing.”
Ngannou has one fight left on his deal.
Weeks leading up to his title defense in January, Ngannou spoke freely about how he wants a new deal that includes an exception to box. UFC President Dana White said that they can talk about it if he defeats interim champion Ciryl Gane – which he did.
Still, according to the Cameroonian fighter, nothing has changed despite Ngannou’s team previously saying that they will negotiate a new deal while the athlete rehabs. In response, White said he was optimistic that they would reach an agreement.
Aside from the octagon, Ngannou still has his eyes set on fighting WBC boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a crossover match.
“Absolutely (I’m still interested in fighting Tyson Fury). However this ends up, that (boxing) has to be part of it,” Ngannou added.