Francis Ngannou is very happy the UFC is not canceling events.
With the world being impacted by COVID-19, and major sports leagues like NHL, MLB, NBA suspending play, the UFC is continuing on with events. On Saturday, they held UFC Brasilia behind a closed-door event. Now, the promotion is looking to figure out locations for the next several events. Where Ngannou is set to headline one of those against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
With the UFC looking to keep that fight intact, Ngannou says he is very happy with the UFC’s decision.
“It’s good that it gets moved rather than gets canceled,” Ngannou told MMA Fighting. “I’m pretty happy with that. I’m sure that I’m still going to fight. Yes, I’m very happy about that decision.”
For Francis Ngannou, he says as a fighter, moving the fight to a different date throws all his training in flux.
“As a fighter, I also think about how we get prepared for the fight,” Ngannou explained. “I’ve been in training camp for like two months, let’s say they cancel the fight — when would it be [rescheduled]?
“I’m very happy to find a way to put [on] the fight, to still make us fight and I’m sure they are doing everything to keep us safe as well.”
In the end, if the fight does happen, it will leave Francis Ngannou fighting in front of no fans which he knows will be strange. Yet, all he wants to do is fight.
“It’s definitely going to be strange,” Ngannou said. “Because I am still thinking about it. Like OK, how is it going to look? At the end of the day, they might not have a crowd there but there’s going to be a lot of people watching that on TV. It’s probably the only sport going on for the next two weeks on the sports channels.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime