Francis Ngannou Tore MCL ‘Completely’ Three Weeks Before UFC 270
Francis Ngannou admitted he didn’t go into UFC 270 completely healthy.
Fans were quick to point out that Ngannou was wearing braces on both of his knees during his walk to the octagon Saturday night in the main event. After his turnaround victory, he revealed that he tore his MCL three weeks ago.
“Like three weeks ago I hurt my knee. I tore my MCL completely,” Ngannou said.
“Hurt my ACL and all that stuff. I wanted to call out this fight, but I couldn’t see myself retreating from this fight because it was a moment for me to make a statement and remind people that I am the champ.”
Things didn’t seem to be in Ngannou’s favor in the early minutes of his first title defense against former training partner and interim champion Ciryl Gane.
Gane had landed strikes and a wheel kick, which connected to the side of Ngannou’s head. The first two rounds seemed to be in Gane’s corner, but in the third round, Ngannou changed his game plan and smothered Gane on the canvas with his wrestling skills – a side fans had not seen before.
It’s unclear the extent of Ngannou’s injury, but the Cameroonian fighter has said he doesn’t plan to fight again under his current UFC deal, regardless of triggering the champion’s clause. The clause extends Ngannou’s contract by three fights or one year.
Ngannou is looking to set up a boxing fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which the latter has already publicly agreed to.