Francis Ngannou’s subsequent battle has been the main focus of chatter within the MMA world after the heavyweight star needed to watch on on the interim title conflict at UFC 265.
Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis seemed a positive factor for some time however UFC 265 opted for a conflict between ‘The Black Beast’ and Ciryl Gane as an alternative.
Gane received through TKO to assert the interim belt however many had been left confused as to why Ngannou was not concerned.
Ngannou grew to become the outright UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 260 when he destroyed Stipe Miocic.
He was set to battle in opposition to at UFC 265 however struggles in securing a date noticed him sidelined with Dana White deciding to placed on a interim title conflict as an alternative.
Francis Ngannou subsequent battle: When will he return?
Ngannou has nothing official booked in but however we may see him tackle Gane in a title unification bout quickly.
The subsequent logical step within the UFC’s heavyweight division can be to have Ngannou face Gane in an undisputed heavyweight title battle however affirmation of that’s but to come back.
Francis Ngannou subsequent battle: What has been stated?
There’s loads of speak round Ngannou’s subsequent battle – who ought to face him for the heavyweight title, why he didn’t battle in August, and rather more.
Following UFC 265, Ngannou welcomed a conflict with Gane, saying on social media: “Spectacular efficiency from Gane! He’s now a legit contender.
“See you quickly boy. When you recognize you recognize.”
In an interview on the MMA Hour, Gane stated: “I believe the whole lot is feasible. I don’t know precisely what the UFC needs however I believe I’m extra legit for that.
“Now it is advisable have the unification, I believe this makes extra sense however the whole lot is feasible, I don’t know, I don’t know.
“For me, he [Ngannou] is the subsequent step. Typically I’m not even positive if I’m actually the champ or not.”
Ngannou has additionally spoken out about how he feels over the UFC 265 interim bout.
“I believe it was all enterprise, and the UFC needed to do a pay-per-view in Houston,” Ngannou defined.
“It wasn’t the proper timing for me, however they needed to do it it doesn’t matter what. Simply earlier than that, they had been asking me if I used to be able to battle in September and I advised them I’d be greater than prepared.
“I’ve that feeling [I’m being disrespected]. Only in the near past they gave me the UFC heavyweight champion, and months later they’re speaking about another person being the champion. Typically I’m not even positive if I’m actually the champ or not. It’s actually complicated.
“I heard one thing in the present day (from Dana White) like, ‘It’s going to be just like the IBF and WBC unified title.’ No, there’s not a unified title.
“It’s one promotion, it’s one belt, the UFC belt. It’s not prefer it has a unique identify just like the PFL coming to problem the UFC, then we speak about unify the belt. I used to be there anticipating to battle, and so they simply provide you with some kind of interim title.
“That was very stunning as a result of prior to now we didn’t get an interim title, as a result of Stipe wasn’t lively and so they didn’t even take into account that in any respect. They didn’t wish to speak about it.”