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 Jan 17, 2024, 8:49 PM
  • Francis Ngannou was the former undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.
  • Ngannou made his professional boxing debut in October 2023 against Tyson Fury but received a split decision loss.
  • Ngannou is set to face former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a 10-round boxing match on March 8.

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. He became the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion in March 2021 after knocking out Stipe Miocic in the second round of their championship showdown.

His 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?

Ngannou’s incredible performance against WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in his boxing debut has opened up more opportunities for him, as he is scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua in a 10-round boxing match on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will be Ngannou’s second pro boxing match.

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, Ngannou has been able to win over notable heavyweight names such as Curtis Blaydes, Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Miocic and Gane.

Francis Ngannou UFC Earnings

Ngannou’s estimated UFC earnings are around $13.5 million, including all base salary, win bonuses and performance bonuses. His biggest pay to date was his fight with Fury, where he pocketed $10 million.

Francis Ngannou Team and Corner

MMA Factory was 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 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 a B.A in Communication and is 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 a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.