Francis NGannou releases a statement saying he’s taking some time off

Francis NGannou releases a statement saying he’s taking some time off

Francis NGannou lost a hard-fought battle with Stipe Miocic last weekend.

Francis NGannou was thought to be a can’t-miss championship prospect heading into his clash with Stipe Miocic. Though he was the challenger, he was the betting favorite. To say he has one-punch knockout power is vastly underselling his power. He’s the most heavy-handed fighter to ever set foot in the Octagon. He was not however prepared for the pace Stipe kept, and Francis was exhausted in the second round.

Stipe fought the perfect fight against him, and Francis has decided to take a breath, relax and reset before continuing his career. He’s going to travel, see his family and decompress a little. He took to his Instagram and said as much.

It’s not exactly clear how much time Francis plans to take away from the cage, but I’d be surprised if we saw him again before fall of this year. That was a very difficult fight for him to overcome and taking some time off is probably a great move.