Former Francis Ngannou head coach Fernand Lopez believes 'The Predator' couldn't even get an amateur boxing license if he weren't in the UFC. N
Former Francis Ngannou head coach Fernand Lopez believes ‘The Predator’ couldn’t even get an amateur boxing license if he weren’t in the UFC.
Ngannou is in a contract dispute with the UFC and is determined to add a clause to his next contract. If he succeeds, his new deal would allow him to participate in boxing matches.
The Cameroonian even exchanged tweets with the WBC heavyweight champion and The Ring , Tyson Fury . Both combat sports superstars showed interest in going head to head.
During a recent conversation with MMA Fighting, Lopez claimed that despite having the ability to finish off opponents with a single punch, Francis Ngannou would have problems as a professional boxer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you [Ngannou] you can’t kill ciryl [de un solo golpe]. You can still do it … The reality is that you can box properly [dentro del octágono]. But if they take out the UFC, they make you a champion and then they give you the opportunity to go boxing yourself, your boxing is irrelevant. You will not have the license to box even in the [nivel] amateur. But you can still kill someone with a single hit. That is something that no one can take away from you. I mean, I’m just trying to be objective here and say things.
Francis Ngannou will face his former sparring partner Ciryl Gane next. The pair will meet in the unification main event at UFC 270 on January 22.
Francis Ngannou is ranked No. 4 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound ranking, while Ciryl Gane is No. 15.
Francis Ngannou’s phenomenal five-fight winning streak not only helped him claim the UFC heavyweight championship from hands by Stipe Miocic, but also took him to No. 4 on the men’s pound-for-pound ranking.
After suffering back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018, Ngannou racked up four straight wins in the first round. Those hits had a cumulative fight time of just two minutes and 42 seconds.
Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane is undefeated in her 10-fight MMA career thus far. He won the interim belt by beating Lewis by TKO at UFC 265 last August.