Francis Ngannou has decided to take a leave from the Ultimate Fighters Conference (UFC) following division head Dana White’s recent scandal surrounding the his beating of his wife.
Ngannou insisted that the deal being offered to him and other fighters weren’t fair or any way reciprocal.
Fellow fighter Israel Adesanyadefended Ngnnaou’s decisions Friday.
“I think Francis made the right call,” Adesanya told reporters backstage at UFC 284. “He’s the one that kicked in the door. We’ve all been behind him. We’ve been saying this for how long? If you guys go back on the tapes, I’ve been saying the same thing. I’m not going to harp on about it, but he’s right. It’s little things. He’s asking for things that should be mandatory.
“He wasn’t asking for, you know, crazy, ridiculous diva demands. There’s something as little as for the guys fighting on the opening (bouts), having the fourth or third corner man being paid for, and the hotel is being paid for. That sets them up nicely, and they don’t have to fork it out of their $10K and $10K, or maybe even $10K, to pay for their fourth or third corner man – little things like that.”
Ngannou will most likely become a free agent fighting in difference MMA conferences but so far the UFC continues to be in a tailspin and has been losing more talent by the day.
Its unclear if California Creative Endeavors, who is the UFC’s parent company will remove Dana White or if the organization will continue to affiliate itself with toxic personalities who’ve caused nothing but negative publicity.
–Kel Mckinght, B1daily