Last Saturday, the UFC decided to release then-UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou, who was scheduled to face Jon Jones at UFC 285 in a bid to defend his title.
Due to salary discrepancies, neither party was able to finally come to an agreement, and now everyone is speculating about what the predator’s next target could be.
Recently, journalist Ariel Helwani created a Twitter poll asking martial arts enthusiasts where they would like to see Ngannou in the future, and the majority voted for boxing.
Terrible shame! He will not survive in a boxing ring against anyone of importance.. He is currently the top MMA heavyweight in the world and needs to stay in his discipline.. 🤞
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) January 15, 2023
However, former English boxer Tony Bellew did not like the opinion of the majority at all, as he believed that the Cameroonian would not survive in the boxing ring, and the most important thing was that he is currently the best heavyweight MMA artist.
“Terrible shame! He will not survive in a boxing ring against anyone of importance. He is currently the top MMA heavyweight in the world and needs to stay in his discipline. 🤞”
Now let’s find out what could be the possible next step for Francis Ngannou in terms of his future.
Francis Ngannou’s future decisions
After his appearance at the Fury vs Wilder boxing event, everyone is speculating that the former UFC fighter could fight the Gypsy King in the boxing ring, and even his manager once told Sky Sports that he only came to the US to box.
“Francis takes boxing very seriously – it was his first dream. That’s why he left Africa to learn how to do it. Not MMA.”
Per Bellew’s suggestion, if the Predator decides to stay in the MMA arena, the PFL could be a good option as it aggressively signs free agents, particularly big-name players; They even recently signed YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
The second most popular MMA promotion would be quite willing to pay the 36-year-old higher wages due to his amazing performance on the octagon; Last February, Bellator’s president Scott Coker even expressed his desire to sign Ngannou.
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