“The ego problem was a whole different situation. Its not even worth getting into but we got past that. He had lost two in a row there I think at one point you know, we could have parted ways with him but we didn’t. We stuck with him and now he is the world champ.”
Dana’s spin in the media is sometimes laughable. Does anyone think for one second UFC would consider cutting Francis after the Lewis fight? Ngannou had already finished six UFC fights at that point including back to back quick KOs of Arlovski and Overeem. There is not a HW on the planet the UFC wanted to retain more than that guy. Dana spun it like the guy was Jared Rosholt and UFC gave him another chance out of the kindness of their hearts. You have to laugh at “we could have let him go” like he was Jared Rosholt or 46 year old Roy Nelson.
Dana does claim the real issue was with someone in Ngannou’s management going back on a deal (sounded like a verbal agreement).
Go to 12:00 if you want to hear it.