Ngannou may NEVER fight in UFC again as champ set for ten-month recovery

FRANCIS NGANNOU’s victory over Ciryl Gane could potentially be the final fight of his UFC career.

The Cameroonian-born Frenchman, 34, retained his heavyweight title last weekend in the main event of UFC 270 com um unanimous decision victory over his former training partner.

Francis Ngannou retained his heavyweight title at UFC 270 with a decision win over Ciryl Gane

Francis Ngannou retained his heavyweight title at UFC 270 with a decision win over Ciryl GaneCrédito: ALAMY
But the Cameroonian will be out for at least the next nine months after undergoes knee surgery

But the Cameroonian will be out for at least the next nine months after undergoes knee surgeryCrédito: AFP
Ngannou is in a contract standoff  with the UFC, with his current deal expiring in December

Ngannou is in a contract standoff with the UFC, with his current deal expiring in DecemberCrédito: GETTY

But upcoming knee surgery on a torn MCL and a damaged ACL will keep the former refugee on the sidelines for at least NOVE meses – meaning he could see out the remainder of his UFC contract.

Manager Marquel Martin told Luta de MMA: “He’s going to have to get surgery, likely in March.

Then the timeline can vary, obviamente, but probably looking at 9 para 10 meses [recovery time].

So it is likely he’s going to repair the ACL and then if there is other damage that needs to be repaired like the MCL or anything else, he’ll fix that up.

Ngannou’s existing contract with the UFCwhich he inked in December 2017 – is set to expire in December.

And he’s rejected the promotion’s offer of a new £5million deal.

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Ngannou wants the terms of the agreement on offer amended so he can have more ‘freedomand be allowed to box.

The UFC have so far refused to give into Ngannou’s demand, a stance that has prompted the Xtreme Couture standout to entertain the prospect of free agency.

Ngannou is, porém, eager to extend his stint in Artes marciais mistaspremier promotion but won’t do so unless his conditions are met.

During an appearance on The MMA Hour, ele disse: “The term of the contract, everything that they put into [isto], they hold you like in captivity.

You can’t do anything, you have no rights. The contract is one-sided.

You don’t even have health insurance while you’re doing this, putting your body on the line to put on the show. Risking everything.

Ngannou wants to extend his stint with the UFC but wants more freedom in his contract

Ngannou wants to extend his stint with the UFC but wants more freedom in his contractCrédito: AFP

Ele adicionou: “You can be free and fight for the UFC. I just want to be free.

We are supposedly independent contractors. [Um] independent contractor is technically a free person.

That’s the reason why they need some adjustments in that contract. That’s what I’ve been fighting for.

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