Francis Ngannou Disagrees That UFC Video Games Helps Improve Skills in the Octagon

Published 03/22/2021, 10:17 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 29: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed after defeating Junior Dos Santos of Brazil by TKO in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Target Center on June 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Many UFC fighters are avid gamers. During lockdowns, many turned to streaming as a way to not only keep themselves entertained but also to interact well with the fans. The likes of Sean O’Malley and Max Holloway are some examples and heavyweight title contender, Francis Ngannou, is no different. 

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The Cameroonian fighter, in a recent interview, stated that he loves playing video games and is something he does to relax apart from watching movies. 

In the past, fighters such as Max Holloway have said that not only was the UFC game by EA fun to play, it also helped their fighting. ‘Blessed’ famously said that playing the game helped him improve his striking and gave him ideas for new things to try inside the octagon. Francis Ngannou does not agree with that notion.

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Francis Ngannou shares his thoughts on video games and fighting 

In a recent interview, a reporter asked Francis if playing the UFC game has helped him improve his skill set in real life. 

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He said, “Well, I haven’t get there. I don’t have as much experience in the game, I don’t know, maybe that might be true, but I have to find out. I don’t think it will help me, I don’t think the game will help me for fighting. It just helps me relaxing.” 

‘The Predator’ continued, “Because doing what we’re doing, we need to calm down, we need to relax… Maybe also on the timing that might help as well because you have to be on the timing. So those kinds of stuff might help. But skill-wise, no, I don’t think so. Game is game and reality is different.”

Francis has been on a tear since his last loss in the octagon. He is now on a four-fight win streak. All the four wins have come via first-round knockouts and his fight time in the octagon is less than three minutes in four fights. 

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He will be hoping to replicate that against Stipe Miocic. However, that will be easier said than done given what had happened last time. Having ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ in his corner and training camp would have surely helped him improve his wrestling, which will be thoroughly tested against Miocic. 

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