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“End of the year”- Francis Ngannou reveals roadmap to his in-octagon return 

Francis Ngannou provides a timeline for his comeback to the octagon but doesn't say whom he would face off.

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champion, has given TMZ Sports a timeline as to when we can expect his comeback to the Octagon: early 2023, at the very least. Francis last competed in January, defeating Ciryl Gane, the unbeaten interim champion, to unify the titles.

Ngannou had to have surgery to repair major damage to his knee, including ACL reconstruction and MCL repair, which was incurred before and during the fight in March, around six weeks after he had won the unanimous decision.

The 35-year-old celebrity was recently questioned about his knee during a TMZ Sports interview outside Avra in Beverly Hills. “It’s getting better,” Ngannou informs TMZ Sports, “It’s been only 3 months, so yeah, I’m still doing physical therapy.”

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“A lot of things can happen”- Francis Ngannou talks about his next opponent

Francis Ngannou

TMZ Sports even asks Francis the question that is on everyone’s mind, when will we see him in the ring again. Ngannou directly tells, “If everything goes well I’ll be ready by the end of the year because it’s gonna be 9 months. So, let’s say late December or early next year.”

Francis is unclear about who may be the next, though. He doesn’t even say who he wants to go off against next. “You know, as for now let’s fight for the situation and get everything squared up, and then when I will be close to the return, we will see where the landscape is at ’cause a lot of things can happen.”

We must wait till the end of the year to find out who Francis’ prospective opponent may be because Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, and even Tyson Fury have all been touted as possible opponents for him. However, it must be noted that Tyson has stated that he has retired. So who do you anticipate Ngannou to face next? Post your comments in the space provided below.

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