Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou plans to fight in boxing next, but after that, the Cameroonian will return to mixed martial arts under the banner of the American PFL or the Asian organization ONE Championship.
“I know what the next step will be,” the Predator said in the next edition of the MMA Hour program. “First I want to fight in boxing, and after that I will fight in MMA. I’m going to sign with the MMA league – I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’m very close to it. Now the choice is between PFL and ONE Championship. Let’s see how things turn out”
According to Ngannou, former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder could become his opponent in the ring.
“At the moment we are negotiating with him and are close to an agreement. Theoretically, the fight could take place this summer. I think someone will get their head blown off in this fight, and I will try to make sure that it is not my head.”
At the beginning of this year, 36-year-old Francis Ngannou officially left the UFC as a free agent and vacated the heavyweight championship belt, which was contested in a duel between Jon Jones and Cyril Gan.
If the Cameroonian signs a contract with ONE Championship, his opponent could be Russian fighter Anatoly Malykhin, who holds the interim ONE heavyweight championship belt and the current ONE light heavyweight title.