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Francis Ngannou: ‘I’m not achieved with MMA’

Francis Ngannou is the darling of two separate codes of combat sports, but he says he is forgetting what brought him to the dance in the first place. The former UFC heavyweight champion, now a member of the PFL roster, takes on his second challenge in the ring on March 8 when he fights Anthony

Francis Ngannou: ‘I’m not achieved with MMA’

Francis Ngannou is the darling of two separate codes of fight sports activities, however he says he’s forgetting what introduced him to the dance within the first place.

The previous UFC heavyweight champion, now a member of the PFL roster, takes on his second problem within the ring on March 8 when he fights Anthony Joshua in a bout that would vastly upset the apple cart in boxing. However whereas plainly increasingly alternatives will current themselves within the sport — and particularly if he pulls off the upset in opposition to Joshua in a few months’ time — Ngannou says that he won’t ever flip his again on the game that gave him these alternatives within the first place.

“It’s a mix,” Ngannou mentioned to DAZN of his intentions to separate time between each boxing and MMA, as famous by MMA Fighting.

“At this level, I’m not achieved with MMA. I can inform you that I’m not achieved with MMA, as a result of I nonetheless consider that there’s nonetheless some nice fights on the market that I can nonetheless supply followers. My MMA followers have been my base, who additionally helped me to get to this place, so I’m nonetheless serious about the way to work with that group.”

It’s now two years since Ngannou final competed in MMA; a call win over Ciryl Gane in defence of his UFC heavyweight title. A potential battle with Jon Jones, who later succeeded him as champion, didn’t come to fruition — and it maybe telling that Ngannou seems extra centered on boxers and blended martial artists, and each the paycheques supplied by each sports activities, at this stage of his profession.

“Rematch in opposition to Fury,” Jones mentioned, after being requested if he want to battle Fury or Jon Jones. “Rematch in opposition to Fury, as a result of I’ve a style of unfinished enterprise. I wasn’t mad after the choice, however I nonetheless have this sense of injustice. If you really feel one thing wasn’t proper, wasn’t simply, I nonetheless have that feeling. I received the battle. I consider that I received the battle. … That doesn’t matter at this level, however nonetheless I’ve that feeling and I actually suppose I can do higher.”

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