Francis Ngannou States Ability To Compete in Boxing Could Be the Deciding Factor In Re-Signing With the UFC

Published 01/13/2022, 12:00 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


2Francis Ngannou has been extremely entertaining in all his fights at the UFC. His devastating knockout punches have made the fighter an absolute fan favorite. ‘The Predator’ is the hardest recorded puncher in the world.

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As of January 2021, Francis Ngannou stands fourth in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings. He is also the current UFC heavyweight champion.

Ever since he made his UFC debut in December 2015, Ngannou has managed to destroy almost every opponent he’s faced in the octagon. Ngannou is currently on the last few fights of his UFC contract.

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The heavyweight champion recently appeared in an interview with DAZN Boxing and broke his silence on his thoughts of renewing his UFC contract.

Ngannou wants to take on the boxing legend Tyson Fury in a boxing match, which will get him a huge payout. However, this boxing match may cause Ngannou to not re-sign with the UFC if the contract restricts him from fighting outside of the promotion.

Ngannou said,” I would like something. Let’s say something like Conor and Mayweather did. You know, I think it will be more viral with the UFC supporting that.”

The interviewer questioned Ngannou if it is safe to say he will resign with the UFC. To that, the fighter replied,” from where we are, nothing is safe to say.”

He added,” I’m 35 years old, bro, and it’s not like I have a lifetime ahead of me, you know. I’m very aware of my age and the stage of my career. And if I really want to do this, I think it’s the time to do it. But I don’t see why that shouldn’t be possible for them (UFC) as well.”

What’s next for Francis Ngannou?

The last time we saw Francis Ngannou was when he snatched the title away from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 last year. The fighter will be returning to action on the 22nd of January to take on Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

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Gane and Ngannou’s rivalry goes way back. Both the fighters were once teammates at the MMA factory in France, but are now arch rivals.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The two will fight to unify the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 270. Knowing the history between the two combatants, it is safe to say that this fight will pack fireworks.

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Let us know who you think will walk away with the title at UFC 270 in the comments section below.

 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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