Francis Ngannou Details Lead Up To UFC 270, Fighting Injured, Decision To Fight

Francis Ngannou, UFC 270
Francis Ngannou, UFC 270 post-fight Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has taken to the internet to tell his story of how he fought injured at UFC 270 against Ciryl Gane, and the process of deciding whether or not to fight.

Ngannou (17-3) last fought in January of this year when he defeated Gane via decision to retain his heavyweight title. Following the bout he revealed that he would need to have surgery on his injured right knee and would be out for an extended period of time.

Most fighters, historically, have gone radio silent following revelations like an injury in order to go through the process of healing and recovery. Ngannou’s situation is unique since he is not only the current heavyweight champion, but he is also in contract negotiations with the UFC.

Instead of allowing the promotion or the media to tell the story of the injury, UFC 270 and the post-fight journey Ngannou has released a series of videos on YouTube that tells the story in his own words.


Ngannou defeated Gane at UFC 270 unifying his title with the interim belt that Gane held.

Ngannou is still in the midst of recovery from knee surgery, and nothing of note has been released about his contract negotiations with the UFC.

Keep up with Ngannou’s recovery on his YouTube channel here.