Francis Ngannou’s stint with the UFC has recently come to an abrupt end as Dana White made the announcement of his departure at the press conference for UFC Vegas 67. The French-Cameroonian fighter also had his title taken away.
The next move in Ngannou’s career has been a topic of discussion ever since he left the top MMA organisation in the world. Although “The Predator” openly declared his ambition to pursue boxing and hinted at a potential matchup with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, there have been no significant advancements in that regard.
The heavyweight class in ONE FC is very deep. I believe the PFL agrees. It’s probably ONE to me if not the UFC. Naturally, Bellator has some well-known fighters, so I believe you may find some matches there. In terms of depth and talent, I believe there is only ONE.
Francis Ngannou receives offer from BKFC after release from UFC
After the Cameroonian-French fighter was let go from the UFC, Francis Ngannou didn’t have to wait long for suitors to start calling.
Ngannou received an offer from the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) not long after Dana White made the announcement of his resignation from the organisation.
David Feldman, the president of BKFC, has made the following statement to MMA Junkie:
We’re putting forward an offer for Francis Ngannou’s services and are highly interested in having him compete in the packed BKFC heavyweight division. Hopefully, fans will get to witness him in action in the BKFC squared circle in 2023.
In addition to BKFC, Francis Ngannou has also drawn interest from Bellator and the PFL. Ngannou’s desire to sign with a new promotion has not yet been officially confirmed.
At UFC 270, where he successfully defended and unified the heavyweight championship, Ngannou last faced Ciryl Gane. At the UFC Vegas 67 post-fight news conference, Dana White revealed that “The Predator” had lost his title after leaving the ring.
It was revealed that Jon Jones would challenge Gane for the vacant heavyweight championship during his promotional comeback.