“They Really Wanted You to Take an L” – Fans Share Disgust After Francis Ngannou Reveals UFC Commission Almost Disallowed Knee Brace at UFC 270

Published 06/22/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight 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)

Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou incited a furious reaction from the fans after revealing that the UFC commission almost didn’t allow him to wear knee braces at UFC 270.


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‘The Predator’ took to his official Instagram account and shared a pre-fight video. In the video, we can see the Cameroonian fighter being questioned about the knee brace inside the changing room.


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In the clip, Referee Herb Dean said to Ngannou that the commission wouldn’t allow his knee brace. However, later, they let him wear it, and ‘The Predator’ is seen leaving for his walk-out.

“They almost didn’t let me wear the knee brace at #ufc270 even though my knee was completely messed up,” Ngannou wrote in the caption.


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After watching the video, fans shared their thoughts on the incident and some even bashed the promotion for the same.

One fan wrote, “They wanted you to lose so bad.”

A fan wrote, “Bisping allowed in with no eyes but bro cant wear a shin pad, this timeline s*cks.”

“Won’t let him wear a knee brace but the whole ufc on juice,” one fan commented

Another fan wrote, “Can’t hold a warrior down.”

“Wow, they did everything they could that night to throw you off, mate,” a fan wrote in the comments. 

One fan wrote, “That was close. They really wanted you to take an L, smh.”

“They were gonna break each other’s faces, but a knee brace on a torn ligament apparently is a game changer,” a fan commented. 

More on: Francis Ngannou

‘The Predator’ successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. Apparently, this was the last fight on his UFC contract and it will expire this December.


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon interacts with media after his victory over Stipe Miocic during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The 35-year-old is adamant about renewing his contract with the promotion. But only if he gets a pay raise and permission to compete in boxing on his contract. However, UFC President Dana White is uncertain about the latter condition.

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Currently, ‘The Predator’ is recovering from recent knee surgery. Therefore, he will be inactive for a while. However, the UFC has the heavyweight division scenario sorted until the champion returns.

What are your thoughts on the video Ngannou shared on his account? What do you guys think of his contract conditions? Let us know in the comments section below.



Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.