Francis Ngannou in the dark about UFC future ahead of his first title defence

Francis Ngannou 's manager claims the UFC has not reached out in over six months ahead of the heavyweight champion's title fight.

Ngannou has been caught up in contractual issues with the UFC since the summer, with his title defence against Cyril Gane at UFC 270 marking the last fight on his current deal.

'The Predator' revealed he needed to borrow money to live after spells of inactivity in the octagon and hinted a switch to boxing.

Ngannou – who earned just shy of £400,000 for his last fight – asked what UFC fighters "are doing wrong" after Logan Paul pocketed £15m for an exhibition fight against Floyd Mayweather in June.

Fast forward six months after that statement, Ngannou's manager Marquel Martin said they've heard nothing from the UFC.

"At the end of the day, I work for Francis, and he and I spent a lot of time chatting back and forth and trying to understand, OK, exactly what does that mean for his future," he told Sirius XM.

"We’ve had a lot of back and forth with the UFC. But to be honest with you, I haven’t heard back from the UFC since, I want to say June.

"Pretty much we all know that UFC, they hold a power position and when it comes to representation like myself, of course, I’m going to be biased.

"They’re not going to like what we have to say about how Francis’ future looks like and what that is valued at, so because of that they’ve decided not to reach out.

"I’m not sure if they want to negotiate a contract before [it runs out] or whatnot, but that’s totally up to them."

Mirror Fighting have contacted the UFC in relation to Martin's comments.

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Ngannou told MMA Fighting in October that certain clauses in his UFC contract made him feel unprotected and he wanted to sign a new deal on his terms.

It's expected the UFC would have tried to renegotiate another deal with Ngannou after White recently stated the promotion would "love" to still have Ngannou fight for them.

Martin was also frustrated the UFC didn't promote Ngannou's trip back to Africa to help underserved youth in Cameroon train and MMA.

It's for this reason Martin insisted their demands over a new deal is not all about money.

“Let me make this clear: It’s not all about money. It is 1000 percent not all about money, and they know that," he continued.

"At the end of the day, the UFC has a business model, that’s how they run it with all their fighters.

"They can’t put themselves in a situation to establish a precedent that negatively reflects [on] them, so that’s kind of the rub."

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