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Midnight Mania! Dana White firmly shuts down any hope of Francis Ngannou ever returning to UFC: ‘It’s over’

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It wasn’t a complete shock when Francis Ngannou announced that he and UFC were unable to come to terms, resulting in his free agency. It was, however, a bit sad to see the reigning Heavyweight champion and most talented big man of his era walk away. It could easily have been “The Predator” in the cage opposite Jon Jones at UFC 285 tomorrow evening (Sat., March 4, 2023), but alas, that ship has sailed.

Still, there is hope for the future? Ngannou wants to cross into the boxing ring and fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, but afterward, maybe he’ll return to the Octagon and reclaim his status as the best Heavyweight on the world, right?

UFC President Dana White says otherwise. In the clip above, White responds to numerous reporters asking about Ngannou’s potential return, and White firmly shuts it all down. “No,” he responds. “We negotiated with him for years. It’s over, that’s over. No, he’ll never be in the UFC.”

Fortunately, White is pretty notorious for going back on his “never” statements. Remember when women would never fight in UFC? Times change, and it’s undeniable that Ngannou could sell some pay-per-view (PPV) buys if he ever does want to return. If he continues to stay away, there are many doors open for Ngannou, and he’ll have his pick.


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