Francis Ngannou provides an update on a new UFC deal


UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has provided fans with an update on him re-signing with the promotion.

While it’s been some time since we last saw him in action, dating all the way back to UFC 270 at the start of the year, there’s still a lot of hype surrounding Francis Ngannou and what the future holds for him in combat sports.

Everyone wants to see him carry on as a star in mixed martial arts but in addition to that, there’s also the possibility of him venturing into pro boxing, potentially to take on current lineal champion Tyson Fury.

However, as a result of the knee injury he exacerbated in the aforementioned win over Ciryl Gane, Ngannou has been on the shelf in recent months as he continues to recover from surgery.

The Gane performance served as the final date on his eight-fight deal meaning that by the time we get to the end of the year, ‘The Predator’ will technically be a free agent – despite still holding the gold in the UFC.

There’s been a whole lot of speculation regarding what he’s going to do, and perhaps what he should do, and it doesn’t feel like we’ll get a definitive answer for a month or two yet.

During a recent interview, though, Ngannou did hint at what could be next as he prepares to enter negotiations with Dana White.

Video: Francis Ngannou discusses UFC future

“My contract status right now is still the same, I haven’t received any offer [from UFC]. So, it is still the same,” Ngannou said. “I’m hoping in the next two or three months we can deal with that, to sort it.

“It’s not a surprise to me, I think we’re not in a rush. I’m not in a rush either. I’m not going anywhere, so I’m not rushing.”

“Absolutely [still wants Fury boxing match]. However this ends up, that [boxing] has to be part of it.”

Who would he fight?

Francis Ngannou knows that he is the man to beat at heavyweight and as a result, he’ll likely be more than happy to sit back and let the contenders around him battle it out for a chance to fight for the title.

Ciryl Gane may be just one more win away from another championship opportunity, and the same could be said for Curtis Blaydes, but the real X factor here is the heavily rumoured Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones showdown.

If it goes ahead, the winner would almost certainly book their ticket to a meeting with the king.

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