When Is Francis Ngannou’s Next Fight?

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FILE - Francis Ngannou is shown during a heavyweight championship mixed martial arts bout against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 23, 2022, 6:56 PM
  • Francis Ngannou is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion.
  • There has yet to be an opponent lined up for him.

Francis Ngannou is one of the leading names in online sports betting via UFC odds due to his 94% finish rate consisting of 12 TKO/KO wins and four submission victories under his name. He became the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion in March 2021 after knocking out Stipe Miocic in the second round of their championship showdown.

The “Predator” is coming off his first successful title defense against Cyril Gane in January 2022 to retain his status as the king of the heavyweight division. Currently, Ngannou is still on the road to full recovery after his knee surgery, but when will he return to action?

When Is Francis Ngannou’s Next Fight?

There is no specific date and opponent yet for Francis Ngannou because he is currently in contract talks with the UFC. But in a recent interview with ESPN, he revealed that he is targeting an early return in 2023.

His next challenger is still unclear, but reports and rumors lean towards a mega fight with former undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones or a trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic.

Francis Ngannou MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 17-3
  • Wins by TKO/KO: 12
  • Wins by submission: 4
  • Wins by decision: 1
  • Striking accuracy: 41%
  • Significant strikes landed per minute: 2.33
  • Significant strikes absorbed: 2.16
  • Takedown average per 15 minutes: 0.76
  • Submission average per 15 minutes: 0.31
  • Significant strikes defense: 42%
  • Takedown defense: 72%
  • Knockdown average: 1.22
  • Average fight time: 7:01

Francis Ngannou Notable Wins

Since his UFC debut in December 2015, Francis Ngannou has been able to win over notable heavyweight names such as Curtis Blaydes, Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Jairinzho Rozenstruik, Stipe Miocic and Cyril Gane.

Francis Ngannou UFC Earnings

Francis Ngannou’s estimated UFC earnings are around $3.5 million, including all base salary, win bonuses and performance bonuses. His biggest pay to date was his fight with Gane, where he pocketed $642,000.

Francis Ngannou Team and Corner

MMA Factory was Francis Ngannou’s first gym and team, where Fernand Lopez guided him from 2013 to 2018, but Ngannou transferred to Xtreme Couture under the tutelage of Eric Nicksick and Dewey Cooper. His notable UFC teammates in the said gym were bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and middleweight contender Sean Strickland.

Aside from his Xtreme Couture coaches and teammates, Kamaru Usman, one of Francis Ngannou’s closest friends, is also part of his corner during fights.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.