‘They’re Afraid of What They Don’t Understand’- UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou Has a Message for His Haters

Published 11/22/2021, 6:09 AM EST
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)


Previously, Francis Ngannou had some differences with the promotion regarding his next fight. Subsequently, after chaos in the division, the UFC set up an interim heavyweight title bout between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis, which Gane won.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Frenchman was a friend and former teammate of the champion. Now he will unify his interim belt against Ngannou at UFC 270. Considering Gane’s undefeated run in the UFC, many are backing him for a win in this fight.

Recently a Twitter user wrote, Why do people hate Francis now and how are people so positive he’s going to lose, has a hell of a chin, and is the hardest hitter in the sport those attributes make it to where it’s never a good idea to put money against him.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The African-born champion had a firm reply to it. He explained why people doubt him, but beating all odds, he is still the undisputed champion. Ngannou wrote, “They don’t hate me. They’re afraid of what they don’t understand. People have always doubted me my whole life, but here I am. #UNDISPUTED#CHAMPION.”

WATCH THIS STORY: Five Potential Match-Ups for Ketlen Vieira After Her Victory Over Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 43

Francis Ngannou sits on the pinnacle of the heavyweight division of UFC. ‘The Predator’ dethroned Stipe Miocic in 2021 to become the heavyweight champion. Ever since then, he is waiting for his next opponent.

However, now he has a fight on his table and will face one of the most technical opponents of his UFC career next year.

Francis Ngannou Prepares for the Battle

‘The Predator’ is one of the most vicious strikers in the UFC. The heavyweight giant with a professional record of 16-3 has twelve knockouts to his name. However, he hasn’t competed inside the UFC cage since he became the champion.

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)

However, now in his first title defense, Ngannou will take on the interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane. The fight will headline the UFC 270 next year. The fight is already garnering much attention from the MMA universe, as the former teammates will clash inside the cage.

 

Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane, who made his UFC debut in 2019, is an undefeated fighter with a professional MMA resume of 10-0 under his name. He has competed in seven UFC fights and has finished four of his opponents.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Frenchman is one of the most technical fighters in the division. Hence, for his battle against his former teammate Gane, The Cameroonian-born champion has brought in the GLORY heavyweight kickboxing champion Rico Verhoeven to hone his striking skills. ‘The Predator’ posted the news on his official Instagram account.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This is a much anticipated heavyweight bout in the history of UFC. Who do you think will come out victorious in the heavyweight battle? Let us know in the comments below.

DIVE DEEPER

“He Represents Real Mixed Martial Arts”- Khabib Nurmagomedov Bows Down in Respect to the Most Complete UFC Fighter

15 days ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Afnan Chougle

343 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT