Francis Ngannou and his agent swear they had been caught off guard by Monday’s announcement of an period in-between heavyweight title fight, which sparked a heated trade over social media with UFC president Dana White.
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White has currently talked about that Lewis might well perchance well be the following opponent for Ngannou, however the announcement of an period in-between title fight confirms these plans don’t seem to be any longer in discipline, grand to the surprise of the champ and his representation.
Ngannou’s agent, Marquel Martin of CAA Sports, launched an announcement to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, which turned into posted on Instagram.
This comes as a whole chock. To accomplish an period in-between title so rapidly, while you take a look at at the history of this division, it comes as a surprise. Francis is factual now returning to the States to originate up coaching, and he factual obtained the title three months ago. We’re no longer mosey of what the resoning is in the encourage of this, however we hope to get clairty rapidly and determine something with the UFC rapidly. At the top of the day, they’re in regulate of these actions.”
White relayed a fiery response to the observation in the feedback of the post.
“This dude is SO FULL OF SH*T!!!” White wrote in his retort. “He is conscious of EXACTLY what’s occurring and isn’t “anxious” in any recognize. Because we told him several times this turned into coming. His Administration is incompetent and confidently Francis starts having a undercover agent at new people to assist his profession.”
Moments later, Martin spoke back with a lengthier response, disturbing White to level to text messages and emails to stamp who turned into telling the true story.
“Whole shock with your decision after we talked about September turned into actual for us?” Martin questioned. “Whole shock that you just guys made threats after lower than three months after you all had been conscious. Whole shock after you knew why Francis obligatory more time. That is suitable. I do know you’re passionate however you making an are attempting to discredit my integrity when I’ve been nothing however respectful to you, Hunter (Campbell), and your whole workers? Speaks more about you than it does me. I’m no longer even indignant, I’m in actuality impressed that I’ve gotten your attention.
“Incompetent administration? I feel we’ve done a damn actual job. I feel you REALLY don’t luxuriate in the reality that Francis is being represented by no longer most productive me however a full company…one of which you are going to be ready to’t regulate. Hence why you are going to need people making an are attempting to procure him the whole time to your profit. I disclose you what, let’s disclose EVERYTHING for folks to take a look at. Emails, calls, texts, the entirety. Deal?? Cuz I’m ready to get blackballed by the UFC…I’m no longer outlined by it, you or anyone else for that topic. How’s that sound. Sincerely, your aged employee – Marquel Martin.”
The champ confirmed approval of his agent’s retort by simply shedding a “100” emoji below his observation.
Quickly thereafter, Ngannou’s head coach, Eric Nicksick of Xtreme Couture, tweeted and deleted screenshots in give a eradicate to of Martin, exhibiting a text dialog revolving around Ngannou agreeing to fight on Sept. 25.
Martin added a further observation in response to MMA Junkie’s Instagram post referring to the trade between White:
For the epic, I’m NOT making an are attempting to accomplish this about me, however luxuriate in any Man or lady might well perchance unexcited, I could consistently defend myself and my integrity towards these who discover to shame me. This is potentially the first time many of you are even listening to my establish. That’s by assemble- purchasers might well perchance unexcited and consistently near first. I hiss regret if it appears otherwise however my purchasers know that I could give a eradicate to them NO MATTER what. I’m no longer supreme nor attain I hiss to be. I attain no longer care to be the most productive supervisor in MMA, this sh*t doesn’t give an explanation for me. I’m the most productive f*cking model of me, period. While you are going to be ready to’t recognize that, you’re entitled to your idea. Nonetheless I could hurry away this right here and swear, I could no longer let a particular person discredit my establish and what I stand for. I’ve worked too disturbing in life to enable that. And yes I’m fully responsive to any blackballing or threats that can near my manner from @danawhite or UFC. He is conscious of me, he is conscious of my quantity. Overjoyed to decide this remark as an different of IG, however he began the defaming. Anyways, no topic this, I’m transferring forward (unless belittled again) and I (along with his procure crew) will attain the very easiest we can we can to Francis and all our purchasers with fairness, integrity and the very perfect of standards. In my conception this is what I’d luxuriate in to take a look at all around the game. Thanks all and God bless. Discuss rapidly🙏🏾
Martin also added that Ngannou agreed to return in September to defend his title, which is why they had been “anxious” by today’s announcement.
For now, it appears the UFC is transferring forward with the heavyweight division by crowning a new period in-between champion, while there are tensions between Ngannou and his crew.