Former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is the most recent fighter to say the Dana White only holds two fights a year, after Nate Diaz and Francis Ngannou.
Francis Ngannou tweeted a response to Cyborg in which she expressed her agreement with the heavyweight champion’s annoyance at not getting the supposedly required three matches each year:
“I never had more than 2 fights a year in the UFC”
I never had more than 2 fights a year at the ufc
— shop CrisCyborg.com (@criscyborg) July 19, 2022
It comes after Ngannou attacked White, claiming he hasn’t had to fight six times since his injury two years ago. Nate Diaz slammed the UFC a few days ago, complaining that despite only having one fight left on his contract, he hadn’t been assigned an opponent:
“Dana said Francis Ngannou was injured and couldn’t fight at the moment. Idk why he was so confused in the interview. And in the last 9 months I have been offered 0 fights and asked for 5 legitimate opponents. Thanks for the kind words, can I go now?
The last 2 years before my injury I didn’t have my 6 fights though 😕. https://t.co/Gqq7NXU1C6
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) July 17, 2022
With his victory over Gane at UFC 270, Ngannou completed all the fights under his previous contract. As the current champion, the Cameroonian can now choose to extend his contract for three matches or one year. On the contrary, Cyborg left the UFC in 2019 and moved to Bellator, where she currently holds the featherweight title.
Dana White responds to Nate Diaz’s criticism of his contract
In an attempt to leave the company, Diaz criticized the UFC for not scheduling him a fight. The 37-year-old is eager for new challenges and is now waiting for a challenger to finish the last remaining fight on his current contract.
Dana White, the president, expressed his displeasure with Diaz’s remarks about his “hijacking”, saying:
“When is Nate Diaz not making nonsensical claims? We cannot hold men captive, as I have said a million times before and will again. It’s not feasible. Every year, I owe you three battles. I have to pay you if we don’t fight three times a year. How could I take him hostage?
White will attempt to retain Diaz and Francis Ngannou and maintain their association with his company due to the uncertainty surrounding their future in the UFC.
Below, you can watch Dana White discuss Nate Diaz’s predicament:
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