“There’s not a name for that,” Joe Rogan stunned as Francis Ngannou shares hilarious tale of unnamed submission move to win his first MMA fight
Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou discusses his first MMA victory with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
Francis Ngannou tells Joe Rogan about first win (Image via Imago)
Francis Ngannou shared a memorable moment with Joe Rogan about his first submission win. Ngannou has since become known for his powerful striking. But this first submission marked the beginning of a highly illustrious career.
Francis Ngannou won his first MMA match via submission against Rachid Benzina. This was in 2013 under the French MMA promotion 100% Fight. However, detailing this particular fight to Joe Rogan on his podcast, Francis Ngannou said:
I won my first fight...submission. Yeah. I don't know. There's no name for that [submission] I just dragged the guy's hand and I'm like 'okay, I'm breaking this hand or you tap.
Francis Ngannou has had an impressive MMA career. As of now, his record stands at 17 wins and 3 losses, with no draws. Ngannou began his MMA journey in November 2013, primarily competing in the French promotion 100% Fight and other European regional promotions.
Notably, he holds a perfect record of 12 wins by (T)KO and 4 wins by submission. Ngannou’s powerful performances have garnered attention, and he recently made headlines in a fight against Tyson Fury.
Francis Ngannou left the UFC due to contractual disputes. In January 2023, he vacated the UFC heavyweight title after failing to reach an agreement on the terms of a new contract.
Ngannou mentioned that most of his requests were not met, leading to his decision to become a free agent. He then went on to sign a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in May of 2023.
PFL CEO spoke on Francis Ngannou’s future in the PFL
PFL CEO Peter Murray expressed confidence in Francis Ngannou’s commitment to MMA. He emphasized that the organization was not concerned about his dedication.
Murray highlighted Ngannou’s impact on boxing’s heavyweight division and assured there are no doubts about his commitment to MMA. In an interview with MMA Junkie Radio, he said:
Francis, he’s not going away, Francis is on a mission. We launch our pay-per-view division. Francis will be a big part of that. He’ll return to the cage with the PFL. We’ll be announcing those details, I would say, in the coming weeks in terms of an opponent and timing. We’re working through that.
As of now, PFL seemed unworried and supportive of Ngannou’s endeavors in the boxing world. Francis Ngannou made headlines in boxing after transitioning from UFC. Despite a loss to Fury, Ngannou earned recognition, being ranked 10th among heavyweights by the WBC.
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