Francis Ngannou, one of the top heavyweights in the UFC, has announced that he will be leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities.
Ngannou, who is known for his powerful striking and knockout ability, has been a fan favorite since joining the UFC in 2015. He quickly made a name for himself in the heavyweight division, earning several highlight-reel knockouts and earning a title shot in 2018.
His departure was also confirmed by Dana White, the CEO of UFC.
“Francis has been an incredible fighter for us,” White said. “He’s had some amazing performances in the octagon and has been a big part of the heavyweight division. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Despite coming up short in that fight against Stipe Miocic, Ngannou remained one of the top contenders in the division, earning another title shot in 2020. However, he was once again defeated by Miocic in a closely contested rematch.
Despite the losses, Ngannou has remained one of the most popular and exciting fighters in the UFC. However, he has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities in the sport of MMA.
“I want to thank the UFC for the opportunities they have given me,” Ngannou said in a statement. “I have had some great fights and some amazing experiences with the organization. But I feel like it is time for me to move on and explore other options.”
Ngannou’s departure is a major loss for the UFC’s heavyweight division, which has long been one of the organization’s most popular and exciting weight classes. However, the division is still stacked with talented fighters, and the organization is sure to find a suitable replacement for Ngannou.
White went on to say that the UFC will be looking for a suitable replacement for Ngannou in the heavyweight division. The division is still stacked with talented fighters, and the organization is sure to find a suitable replacement for Ngannou.
It is not immediately clear where Ngannou will go next, but he is expected to make a decision soon. Fans will be eagerly waiting to see what’s next for the powerful heavyweight and where he will compete.
In the meantime, the UFC will continue to provide exciting fights and storylines in the heavyweight division, and fans can look forward to seeing some of the top fighters in the world compete for the belt in the coming months.
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