‘Wow, Okay’: Dana White Absent After Francis Ngannou’s Win
UFC President Dana White was absent following Francis Ngannou’s successful title defense.
Ngannou didn’t notice White wasn’t present at the post-fight press conference and he didn’t know why White subbed out of wrapping the heavyweight championship belt around Ngannou’s waist. When it was brought up to Ngannou, he laughed.
“I don’t know. You have to ask him. No, I did not have anything to do about that,” Ngannou said about White not putting the belt around his waist.
“I think that was their decision. I’m about to ask about that, too.”
“Wow, okay, I didn’t know that (he skipped the press conference) too,” Ngannou laughed.
White usually enters the cage and presents the UFC title to the winner of championship fights. He had done that for Deiveson Figueiredo who had regained the flyweight title from Brandon Moreno.
But one fight later, White was a no-show for Ngannou.
Ngannou, his management and White and the UFC have been at odds lately.
Not only have they been unable to agree on a new deal for Ngannou, but White and Ngannou’s manager, Marquel Martin, have previously gotten into a public dispute.
Ngannou previously revealed he was willing to sit out 2022 if he and the UFC are unable to strike a new deal, which he wants to include boxing in.
“It’s been a long time I’ve been wondering about my future in the company,” Ngannou said.
“So nothing has changed. I’m still in the same position.”