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MMA: Nine to ten months of absence for Ngannou, operated on the knee


The Cameroonian UFC heavyweight champion was injured while preparing for his victorious fight against Ciryl Gane.

After his title-winning defense against Ciryl Gane on Saturday in Anaheim, Francis Ngannou revealed that he injured his knee during his training camp.

His manager, Marquel Martin, told


that the Cameroonian UFC heavyweight champion needs surgery.

He will undergo an operation, probably in March.

The recovery time should vary between 9 and 10 months.

His internal collateral ligament is completely gone but can repair itself.

The anterior cruciate ligament will be operated

on,” Martin said.

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The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon who works with the Dodgers and Rams NFL teams.

Other prestigious UFC fighters like Georges Saint-Pierre and Conor McGregor have passed through his expert hands.

Before this operation and this long immobilization, Francis Ngannou will fly to Cameroon for a vacation and celebrate the defense of his title.

This serious injury which had made him "

not very stable on [his] knee

" against Gane, compromises a possible challenge in English boxing this year for the "Predator" who said he was ready to face Tyson Fury in a ring in 2022. At the same time, his negotiations for an extension to the UFC are at a standstill.

The champ said he recently turned down a $7 million offer from MMA's most prestigious organization.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-01-27

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