- Francis Ngannou was the former undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.
- Ngannou didn't renew his contract with the UFC.
- Ngannou will face Tyson Fury next in a boxing match.
Francis Ngannou is one of the leading names in online sports betting 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’s” last fight in the UFC was a successful title defense against Ciryl Gane in January 2022 to retain his heavyweight title. After failing to agree on a new contract with the UFC, Ngannou became a free agent in the MMA market and eventually signed with the PFL. But when will he return to action? And who will he fight next?
When Is Francis Ngannou’s Next Fight?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to see Francis Ngannou back inside the Octagon as the UFC officially released him because they couldn’t agree to his contract. This has also forced him to relinquish the UFC Heavyweight Title.
Fortunately, Ngannou reached an agreement with Tyson Fury for a professional boxing match on October 28, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will be Ngannou’s debut inside the ring, positioning himself for big pay.
WHO IS THE BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET? 🌎 Find out Oct. 28.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 11, 2023
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.