‘He Told Me in the Backstage’- Francis Ngannou Reveals What Georges St-Pierre Told Him About Retirement

Published 01/10/2022, 11:24 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon stands in the Octagon before facing Derrick Lewis in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou is undoubtedly one of the best fighters on the roster right now. The Cameroonian heavyweight packs the hardest punch in the UFC. He is a total knockout artist and is extremely entertaining inside the octagon. As of January 2022, the fighter stands fourth in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings.

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Recently, Ngannou spoke about his meeting with the UFC legend Georges St-Pierre in a recent interview which he shared on his official YouTube channel.

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He said,” I think Georges St-Pierre is just a legend, you know. I wasn’t around when he was here. But I had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times.”

“Very great guy, very humble. You couldn’t imagine that he’s the Georges St-Pierre that you watch on TV, which is a superstar and everything. Very calm guy. French-speaking so he’s very proud of that side, of like a French connection. That’s why we get connected.”

Georges St-Pierre’s advice to Francis Ngannou

In the interview that Francis Ngannou shared on his YouTube channel, Ngannou spoke about the time he met Georges St-Pierre backstage after his fight against Michael Bisping at the iconic Madison Square Garden.

Ngannou said,” I watched his last fight in Madison Square Garden against Michael Bisping. That was his comeback after four years, and his performance that night was just incredible. But he told me in the backstage that man, it’s not easy to come back if you ever retired don’t come back after four years you know really cool.”

Georges St-Pierre is definitely a legend in the MMA world and every fighter looks up to him for the legacy he left behind in the sport. He returned to the octagon after four long years and put up one of the best performances the MMA world has ever witnessed.

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What’s next for Francis Ngannou?

Francis Ngannou will take on his former teammate and the current UFC interim heavyweight champion, Ciryl Gane, at the UFC 270 event. The fight will headline the main card and will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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)

This will be Ngannou’s first-ever title defense after his victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 earlier last year.

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Who do you think will walk away with the victory on the 22nd of January at UFC 270? Let us know 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 Khabib Nurmagomedov 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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