Ngannou Has Not Spoken To Dana In A Year
In 2017, it looked like Francis Ngannou was going to be the face of the UFC’s heavyweight division. In 2019, Ngannou has revitalized his career after two major losses, and eyes a return to the title picture.
“I don’t know what is the heavyweight title position because [Daniel Cormier] is talking about retirement,” Ngannou told Ariel Helwani recently. “No new news about the title right now. I just want to fight for the title. I don’t know if it would be interim or a challenge against DC but however, I want to fight for the title.”
With Cormier pushing back his retirement plans due to a back injury, Ngannou joins Stipe Miocic and Brock Lesnar as potential challengers for the heavyweight title. One issue that may stand in the way for Ngannou is the fact that he’s not spoken to UFC President Dana White in over a year.
“I haven’t talked to Dana White since one year ago, maybe more,” Ngannou said. “I haven’t talked to him. We are not calling each other. That would change what?”
Possibly at the root of their rift is comments made by White following Ngannou and Derrick Lewis’ historically poor performance at UFC 226. Following his 26 second stoppage of Cain Velasquez, Ngannou feels like it may be time for a title shot.
“I don’t know. Once again, it’s up to the executives,” said Ngannou. “We don’t have a hand in it. They decide everything but I think I deserve it.”
“Sure [I would like to rematch Miocic]. But if I had the option, I would like to fight for the belt next.”
Quotes Via: MMA Fighting