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Francis Ngannou details knee injury prior to UFC 270 title defense: ‘Everything was designed for me to fall and collapse’

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UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has provided more details about his knee injury ahead of his UFC 270 title defense against Cyril Gein.

Ngannou, who is currently in the midst of a contract dispute with the promotion, revealed that he tore his ACL and MCL four weeks before his unanimous decision victory over Gein in January. “The Predator” underwent surgery in March and is on the road to recovery – possibly a March date with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who MMA Fighting reported on numerous programs in October, though the bout is nowhere near over.

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Regarding the knee injury, Ngannou spoke about it on his Road 2 Recovery series on his YouTube channel.

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“Everything was designed for me to fall and collapse – you know, not to return. That’s it,” Ngannou said. “It was meant to be. Like: “Okay, so it will be, let’s go.”

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“The injury happened on December 28, exactly three days after Christmas.”

Ngannou’s head coach Erik Niksik said the German fighter, whom he was not fully acquainted with, went out to spar with the champion. Despite some trepidation, the session continued until the moment arrived that put the Gein fight in jeopardy.

“We sparred and I think he was overwhelmed,” Ngannou explained. “He shot at [desperation] takedown, and when I tried to turn, I heard a crunch in the knee. Right the moment you hear it on your knee, you know something is happening.

“I got so excited that I couldn’t really feel it, but I knew something. [was] continues. I was hoping maybe it was just a bad feeling.”

Just over two weeks before UFC 270, Ngannou did everything he could to improve his condition, including stem cell treatments.

Although the prospects were dire, Ngannou did not let himself get out of the fight – even though there was little he could do physically.

“I was ready to do my best to get a little better,” Ngannou said. “I didn’t expect that [fully] heal up. I wasn’t expecting some kind of magic solution to heal the injury, but I was just hoping to recover a bit as much as possible.

“Technically, there was nothing I could do. I wasn’t allowed to do anything where I had to turn around with a punch, or anything where I had to take a risk.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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