Dana White misses UFC 270 presser after NOT wrapping heavyweight title on Francis Ngannou before fresh boxing calls

DANA WHITE missed the UFC 270 post-fight press conference following Francis Ngannou's win over Ciryl Gane.

Ngannou retained his heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over his old training partner early on Sunday morning in Anaheim, California.

After notching his maiden title defence, Ngannou – who has been at loggerheads with the UFC brass as of late – renewed his calls to box.

White did not wrap the belt around the waist of the Cameroonian as he traditionally does after title fights and he didn't give his post-fight thoughts to the media in person either.

MMA Junkie journalist Mike Bohn tweeted: "Dana White will not be attending the #UFC270 post-fight news conference, per PR.

“Quite telling.”

Ngannou was shocked by White's apparent decision not to wrap the belt around him.

He said: "I don't know [why that happened], you have to ask him."



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He added: "I did not have anything to do about that. I think that was their decision. "I'm about to ask about that too."

Before the turn of the New Year, White claimed the unhappy Ngannou would be free to leave the UFC once his contract expires at the end of December.

He said: “Look, if you want to be with us, we’d love to have you.

"If you don’t want to be with us, no problem. It’s all good.

“I think his contract, and this is off the top of my head, if he wins he still has time with us after this fight.

"He’d probably have one more fight.”

Before fight week, Ngannou declared he'd no longer fight for $500,000 or $600,000 purses and doubled down on his eagerness to face Tyson Fury.

And he reaffirmed his desire to box immediately after seeing off the challenge of his old team-mate Gane.

He told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview: “As I always say, boxing is always in the back of my pocket.

"It’s something that I must do before the end of my career!

“And right now, I’m really looking towards any opportunity to get that because it’s not like I had a lifetime here.

“So I better start thinking about it.”


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