Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou has “serious concerns” with his UFC contract, says Randy Couture

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has “serious concerns” with his UFC contract, says legendary MMA fighter, Randy Couture.

Ngannou knocked out former champ Stipe Miocic in the pair’s rematch at UFC 260 back in March to become the new UFC heavyweight champion. The original plan was for Ngannou to fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but Jones and the UFC were not able to come to terms on a new deal and the fight fell apart. Ngannou was then booked to fight Derrick Lewis in a rematch at UFC 265, but that fight also fell apart when Ngannou and the UFC couldn’t reach an agreement on him fighting for that date in August. Instead, the UFC brought in Ciryl Gane to fight Lewis, and he TKOed him to win the interim belt.

Speaking to MMA reporter James Lynch in a recent interview, the leader of Ngannou’s gym, Xtreme Couture, shared his thoughts about Ngannou and where he currently stands with the UFC. According to Randy Couture, the UFC heavyweight champion is not happy with his contract. When the UFC suggested that he was on vacation and that was the reason he couldn’t fight Gane in August, Couture said that it was not true. According to Couture, Ngannou has “serious concerns” with his UFC contract right now.

“Yeah, I don’t think Francis was on vacation. In fact, I talked to Francis yesterday. Obviously, he’s got some serious concerns with what they’re doing with his contract and what the story is. I’m hoping that he sticks to his guns and things settle out and work out for him the way they should. He’s earned it, and he deserves it,” Couture said of Ngannou.

Do you think Francis Ngannou and the UFC will be able to come to an agreement on a new contract?

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