UFC President Dana White Still wonders If Francis Ngannous Will Get Back On Track After He Lost His Mind
Francis Ngannou was most hyped title contender in UFC history heading into his heavyweight title fight against then champion Stipe Miocic earlier this year. Of course, things didn’t go as planned for Nagnnou and ended up losing to Miocic via unanimous decision.
Francis Ngannou made a comeback in the co-main event of UFC 226, and things went from bad to worse for him. ‘The Predator’ lost to Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision in what was the most terrible fight in the history of UFC. Both heavyweight sluggers manage to get through three rounds without coming very close to hurting each other. ‘The Predator’ landed just 11 strikes over the course of their fight and crowd was visibly unhappy with the outcome.
That fight failed to deliver the excitement as both sluggers were known for a reputation of knockout finishes.
Not only MMA fans but UFC President Dana White is among those disappointed with Francis Ngannou’s performance at UFC 226 and said Cameroonian-French might have developed a bit of an ego.
Dana White was speaking at the recent edition of the UFC Unfiltered podcast, where UFC boss opens up on the situation again and deliver some harsh words.
“Francis Ngannou, at the time that he was coming up, I believed this guy was going to be the guy, was going to be the heavyweight champion,” White said (via MMA Fighting). “And he lost his mind. This guy completely lost his mind and started to act in a way that you just don’t act. I completely saw it coming, that Stipe, obviously Francis Ngannou is a massive, strong, hard-hitting guy and anything can happen when he gets in there, but Stipe has this thing where he feels disrespected. This guy’s always on fire and pissed off at the world, pissed off at us and I saw that coming. I knew, Francis Ngannou left the training center here where had trained for previous fights, took off to France, was in France training or doing whatever he was doing leading up to the Stipe fight, because he absolutely, positively knew he was going to beat Stipe.”
“I don’t know,” White added. “Ngannou has a lot of things he needs to fix personally and professionally to see if he ever gets back on track again.”
White didn’t provide any update on what’s next for Ngannou nor the fighter spoke anything about his return. But UFC head clears his stance that Ngannous should make some corrections moving forward with his career or else things wouldn’t be the same for him.
Do you think Ngannou will bring back his charm after two consecutive losses?