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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou undergoes successful knee surgery

"Knee surgery went very well today ( ACL reconstruction and MCL repare). PS: no meniscus damage"

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is on the mend following recent knee surgery Friday to repair MCL and ACL damage on his knee.

Ngannou defended his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 despite his injured right knee, using grappling to take a unanimous decision victory. Afterwards in the post-fight press conference, he revealed he had a Grade 3 MCL tear with ACL damage.

UFC president Dana White said in the post-fight press conference for UFC London Saturday that he is open to an interim heavyweight title fight if it looks to be that Ngannou is out for nine months or longer. That means that Jon Jones, the former light heavyweight champion who is yet to make his heavyweight debut, could step into an interim title fight in his first heavyweight bout.

Then there is Ngannou’s contract, which White was recently optimistic about resolving. Ngannou’s contract was extended for a year at UFC 270, his last contracted fight, because of the champion’s clause.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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