Francis Ngannou: Everything was designed for me to fall and collapse



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Francis Ngannou: Everything was designed for me to fall and collapse

We haven't seen heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in the cage since the first month when he defeated Ciryl Gane by decision. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest fights in Francis' career, which, by the way, he entered injured, but in the end, he still managed to defeat the excellent Gane, who was also close to victory.

Since that title defense, Ngannou has not fought, and he has not often talked about his injury. The only thing that was practically known was that he had problems with his knee, and coach Eric Nicksick would sometimes inform the public about the condition of the champion.

However, Francis seems to still be angry with the UFC because they allegedly arranged the fight against Gane even though they knew he was injured: “Everything was designed for me to fall and collapse — you know, not to come back.

That was it,” Ngannou said. “That was how it was designed. Like, ‘OK, that’s how it’s going to be, let’s go. The injury happened on Dec. 28, exactly three days after Christmas”. “We were sparring and I think he got overwhelmed,” Ngannou explained.

“He shot a [desperation] takedown, and when I tried to turn around, I heard the crack on my knee. Right at that moment when you hear that on your knee, you know that something is happening. I was so warmed up that I couldn’t feel it, exactly, but I knew something [was] going on.

I was hoping that maybe it was just a bad feeling”.

Ngannou refused to leave the fight

“I was willing to do anything possible for me to heal a little bit,” Ngannou said. “I wasn’t expecting to [fully] heal up.

I wasn’t expecting some magical solution to resolve the injury, but I was just hoping to get a little bit better, as much as possible. “Technically, I couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t allowed to do anything where I had to pivot with striking, or anything where I would have to take a chance”.

What Ngannou is implying here is that the UFC knew about the knee injury and they didn't agree to move the fight date anyway. These are exclusively his words, so you should take that into account and not draw premature conclusions, and you should also take into account the fact that he is not on good terms with them and that he is probably bitter.