Francis Ngannou accuses UFC of trying to ‘discredit’ him: ‘Just do the interim without sabotaging me’

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Deontay Wilder has been given a six-month medical suspension after being knocked out by heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Fury defeated Wilder with an 11th-round knockout, coming back from two knockdowns in one of the most entertaining of heavyweight fights.

Wilder bled from his nose, ear and mouth as he sat in his corner at the end of the eighth round but was deemed fit to continue, The DailyStar reports. There is a chance he could be cleared to fight earlier if a doctor gives him the all-clear beforehand.

It is unclear when Wilder broke his hand on Saturday night, where he also suffered damage to both his finger and knuckle, but he was taken to the hospital straight after the fight for scans on his head and hands.

"Deontay broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week," Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, said when speaking to The Sun. "He has to have surgery, the knuckle is OK, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke. He’s sore but he was OK, he was home yesterday."

Finkel said he is currently "healing and at this point, if everything is OK, after the hand surgery he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid next year, like April or May."

The American heavyweight is now 42-2-1, while Fury is 31-0-1 after the victory.

Fury is reported to have also been given a 45-day suspension due to the ruthless nature of the fight.

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Justin Gaethje names Francis Ngannou and Robert Whittaker as his top 2 favorite fighters to watch

Sportskeeda 13 October, 2021 - 04:50pm

Justin Gaethje has emerged as one of the biggest fan-favorites in the UFC due to his exciting fighting style. As a fan of the sport, Gaethje recently revealed his favorite fighters to watch.

In a video uploaded to the UFC's YouTube channel, Gaethje named his top five fighters to watch. Francis Ngannou and Robert Whittaker featured at the top of his list. The former lightweight title challenger revealed:

Evidently, 'The Highlight' is partial to his fellow knockout specialists as he named the reigning heavyweight champ his favorite. However, Gaethje mentioned the only time he was bored by Ngannou was during his clash against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226.

Rounding out his list, Gaethje revealed that he also enjoyed watching former two-division champion Henry Cejudo, flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko and strawweight champ Rose Namajunas. Gaethje and Namajunas, of course, are close friends. They are both students of coaching extraordinaire Trevor Wittman.

Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler will lock horns in what's expected to be a surefire battle between two of the most explosive strikers in the UFC. Gaethje believes Chandler will try to wrestle him after feeling his punching power. In a recent interview with The Schmo, Gaethje said:

Gaethje and Chandler are both coming off losses in a lightweight title fight. 'The Highlight' was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 in 2020, while Chandler suffered a TKO loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 earlier this year.

"I should not be needing to borrow money for my training camp" - Francis Ngannou hints at a move to boxing in order to get paid what he deserves

Sportskeeda 13 October, 2021 - 03:00pm

Francis Ngannou has hinted at a future switch to boxing in order to get the salary he thinks he deserves. Heavyweight boxers Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder earned huge paydays after their fight last weekend.

Remuneration for UFC fighters has been a big talking point recently. Names like Jake Paul have openly criticized the promotion's president, Dana White. UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has now brought up the issue as well.

In a recent edition of The MMA Hour, 'The Predator' claimed he'll leave MMA for boxing some day in the future due to the pay disparity between the two sports. When asked if he was unhappy with regards to Fury and Wilder earning more money than him, Ngannou said:

Ngannou is currently ranked No.5 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He has won six Performance of the Night awards in his last 10 UFC fights, during which he's gone the distance only twice.

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is all set to square off against interim titleholder Ciryl Gane in a unification bout at UFC 270. The pay-per-view, which will be the first of 2022, will go down on January 22.

Ngannou won the heavyweight belt from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 in March this year. He won the main event clash via knockout in the second round.

Meanwhile, Gane claimed the interim championship with a TKO victory in the third round over Derrick Lewis. They fought for gold at UFC 265 in August.

Francis Ngannou currently holds a 16-3 record in his MMA career. He is on a five-fight win streak at the moment. He finished four of those victories in the very first round.

Ciryl Gane, meanwhile, hasn't lost a single bout in his career so far and is 10-0. 'Bon Gamin' has had three UFC main event victories in 2021.

Gane Looks To Model Fury's Win Over Wilder In Upcoming Ngannou Fight

MMA News 12 October, 2021 - 03:00pm

UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane is hoping to follow in the footsteps of WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury when he meets Francis Ngannou at UFC 270.

As with Gane’s next Octagon appearance, Fury was matched up with a powerhouse in his last outing. For the third time, he faced Deontay Wilder inside the ring. The pair first collided inside Los Angeles’ Staples Center in 2018. After surviving a late knockdown, many expected “The Gypsy King” to have his hand raised. Instead, the fight was controversially ruled a split-decision draw.

The two heavyweight stars ran it back last February at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the rematch, Fury dominated throughout and became champion via a seventh-round TKO. The Englishman had his sights set on a blockbuster clash with his compatriot Anthony Joshua this year. However, Wilder successfully put a stop to those plans by forcing a contractually obliged trilogy with Fury.

Last weekend, the rivals met for the third time. They closed their feud with one of the best heavyweight boxing matches in recent memory. Despite eating the full force of Wilder’s power, and being knocked down more than once in the fourth round, Fury recovered and was on top for the remainder of the contest. He finished “The Bronze Bomber” with a brutal KO in the 11th frame.

In the aftermath of the fight, elite UFC heavyweight Gane gave his take on the incredible Las Vegas showdown combat sports fans were treated to on Saturday. During an appearance on Submission Radio, “Bon Gamin” praised both men, but suggested he wasn’t surprised to see Fury’s hand raised given his immense fight IQ.

“It was really crazy. It was really a big fight, more than the first one and the second one. And it was really tight. It was really tight at the beginning. But for me, when you have a fight IQ and this kind of technical skill from Tyson Fury, for me it’s really normal [to see] him have his hand up.”

Discussing how Fury dealt with Wilder’s famed power, which even “The Gypsy King” acknowledged was harder than he could ever strike, Gane asserted that smart, fast, and technical fighters can often find the path to victory against the most brutal hitters. The interim champ is hoping to use Fury’s latest success as an example as he prepares to face the most powerful puncher in the UFC.

“Sometimes… I hope it’s going to be the same for me with Francis, but sometimes when the guy in front of you is really quick and are really smart, every time they have the solution [to their opponent’s power]. I hope it’s going to be the same for me and I think that helped Gypsy for real… I hope I’m gonna manage [the fight] very well like Tyson Fury, I hope.”

Gane and Ngannou are set to collide in a unification bout at UFC 270. In what will be the opening pay-per-view of 2022, the promotion will be hoping to begin the year with some heavyweight fireworks.

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Gane Looks To Model Fury's Win Over Wilder In Upcoming Ngannou Fight

Sportskeeda 12 October, 2021 - 03:00pm

UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane is hoping to follow in the footsteps of WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury when he meets Francis Ngannou at UFC 270.

As with Gane’s next Octagon appearance, Fury was matched up with a powerhouse in his last outing. For the third time, he faced Deontay Wilder inside the ring. The pair first collided inside Los Angeles’ Staples Center in 2018. After surviving a late knockdown, many expected “The Gypsy King” to have his hand raised. Instead, the fight was controversially ruled a split-decision draw.

The two heavyweight stars ran it back last February at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the rematch, Fury dominated throughout and became champion via a seventh-round TKO. The Englishman had his sights set on a blockbuster clash with his compatriot Anthony Joshua this year. However, Wilder successfully put a stop to those plans by forcing a contractually obliged trilogy with Fury.

Last weekend, the rivals met for the third time. They closed their feud with one of the best heavyweight boxing matches in recent memory. Despite eating the full force of Wilder’s power, and being knocked down more than once in the fourth round, Fury recovered and was on top for the remainder of the contest. He finished “The Bronze Bomber” with a brutal KO in the 11th frame.

In the aftermath of the fight, elite UFC heavyweight Gane gave his take on the incredible Las Vegas showdown combat sports fans were treated to on Saturday. During an appearance on Submission Radio, “Bon Gamin” praised both men, but suggested he wasn’t surprised to see Fury’s hand raised given his immense fight IQ.

“It was really crazy. It was really a big fight, more than the first one and the second one. And it was really tight. It was really tight at the beginning. But for me, when you have a fight IQ and this kind of technical skill from Tyson Fury, for me it’s really normal [to see] him have his hand up.”

Discussing how Fury dealt with Wilder’s famed power, which even “The Gypsy King” acknowledged was harder than he could ever strike, Gane asserted that smart, fast, and technical fighters can often find the path to victory against the most brutal hitters. The interim champ is hoping to use Fury’s latest success as an example as he prepares to face the most powerful puncher in the UFC.

“Sometimes… I hope it’s going to be the same for me with Francis, but sometimes when the guy in front of you is really quick and are really smart, every time they have the solution [to their opponent’s power]. I hope it’s going to be the same for me and I think that helped Gypsy for real… I hope I’m gonna manage [the fight] very well like Tyson Fury, I hope.”

Gane and Ngannou are set to collide in a unification bout at UFC 270. In what will be the opening pay-per-view of 2022, the promotion will be hoping to begin the year with some heavyweight fireworks.

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