WATCH: Francis Ngannou Goes ‘Sicko Mode’ in the Latest Training Video

Published 01/02/2022, 4:30 AM EST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou is one of the heaviest hitters in the world right now. Known as the ‘Baddest man on the planet’, Ngannou is the current UFC heavyweight champion.

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‘The Predator’ joined the UFC in 2015 and made an instant impact. The Cameroonian mixed martial artist went on a tear and won his first six fights in the promotion. All the wins came via a stoppage and he quickly became one of the fan favorites. He next challenged for the UFC heavyweight title but came up short against Stipe Miocic. After losing his next fight as well to Derrick Lewis, Ngannou came roaring back and defeated some of the biggest names in the division. He challenged for the title once again at UFC 260 and knocked out Miocic in the second round.

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 champion hasn’t fought since then and is currently in a contract dispute with the UFC. However, he will come out to defend his title in January at UFC 270 against Ciryl Gane. ‘Bon Gamin‘ is one of the hottest prospects in MMA right now and is the interim heavyweight champion. He is an undefeated fighter and is expected by many to give Ngannou a run for his money. But the champion looks ready for the challenge and is preparing in the best way possible.

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In a recent tweet, Ngannou posted his workout video and said, Saturday’s are for sickos #AndStill #ufc270.”

Interestingly, Francis Ngannou also has his sights set on switching to boxing.

Francis Ngannou wants to test himself in boxing

While Ngannou is currently under contract with the UFC, he wants to switch to boxing in the future. The current UFC heavyweight champion has spoken about switching over to boxing and in a recent interview, talked about it again.

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While talking to TMZ Sports, he said, “I can’t see myself how to retire without boxing… Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, I would like to test myself to their level, you know… And at the end of the day, it’s just about throwing hands, you know, throwing punches, having a good delivery system to produce bombs, and I am sure if I deliver my own punches pretty good, I can make some damage.”

According to Ngannou, when he completes a deal with the UFC regarding his contract, the boxing part has to be in it.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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