UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou was one of the fighters impacted by the covid-19 restrictions that forced the UFC to postpone several events. He now sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Ngannou may have a fight on the UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson card that UFC president Dana White says he is close to pulling off on April 18 as scheduled.
“There is a chance that I can be fighting on that card, but they have to settle everything down. For now, it seems like they have a location, but they have to double check and see how they can handle this event safely for people,” Ngannou said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.
Ngannou had been slated to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the UFC Fight Night main event on March 28 in Columbus, Ohio. That event, along with the UFC Fight Nights in London and Portland, have been postponed, if not cancelled outright. White, however, has said he fully intends for the scheduled bouts from those events to take place at some point.
The Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik bout is one that may take place sooner than many had anticipated, as White and his team focus on trying to make UFC 249 happen somewhere in the world on April 18.
“I think it’s still the guy, it’s still the same opponent. I assume that he got tested as well. But yes, if he’s well, yeah, I think it’s still the plan (to fight Rozenstruik),” Ngannou said before White confirmed as much on a quick Instagram live stream with ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto on…