UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has insisted he will NOT sign a new deal with the promotion unless a fight to face Tyson Fury is part of it.
The 35-year-old is set to become a free agent in December, with The Predator already rejecting a new contract worth £5million.
Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou teased a crossover fight on Saturday night at Wembley
Ngannou wants more freedom in his contract and to be able to box with the UFC‘s blessing.
He is set to miss the remainder of the year after going under the knife last month to have an ACL reconstruction and an MCL repair.
A fight against the Gypsy King was teased to fans on Saturday night after he was welcomed in the Wembley ring following Fury’s emphatic knockout victory against Dillian Whyte.
Fury, who asked his potential opponent about the size of his manhood, confirmed his intentions to pit his wits against Ngannou.
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And now Ngannou has once again reiterated his desire to share a ring with the unbeaten Mancunian.
Declaring he will only sign a new UFC deal on one condition during an interview on The MMA Hour, he said: “The Tyson Fury fight has to be part of the discussion.
“That’s not an option. It has to be part of the discussion because if that’s not part of the discussion, it will never be.
“If I sign another contract now, basically the same model of the contract, I’m screwed.
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“That’s not happening ever. So we have to figure out a way to implement this into a contract.”
He added: “I think the UFC is a good promotion, and I want to keep fighting. Tyson Fury is not my last fight. I want to keep fighting.
“After Tyson Fury there’s still a lot of fights. There’s the Jon Jones, there’s the Stipe [Miocic] trilogy.
“There’s big fights I can do in the UFC, and I would really like that to happen. I would really like us to get to a common point.
“Yes, I can do the Tyson Fury fight on my own, but what’s next? I would like to keep fighting. I would like for us to come to an agreement.”