Francis Ngannou opens up on UFC's shortcomings
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou believes the fast-growing promotion can do more for its fighters.
But it's not just sponsorship issues. Ngannou alluded to the thorny issues of fighter pay and health insurance.
The heavyweight isn't the only fighter to bring this up of late, as former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold went on an expletive-laden rant about health insurance in the lead-up to UFC 278, afdter which he hung up his gloves.
Unperterbed, Ngannou is still using his champion status and starpower as leverage to negotiate a new contract - which runs out at the end of 2022 - with the promotion. While its comments like the above that stir the pot with his bosses, it reamins to be seen if Ngannou can be as effective in the boardroom as he is in the octagon.