Francis Ngannou disappointed after UFC 215 fight scratch
Francis Ngannou is disappointed with the current state of his career after losing out on a big-fight opportunity at UFC 215.
Just three weeks before next month’s event, news broke that Ngannou’s (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) scheduled UFC 215 opponent, Junior Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), had been removed from the contest due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation.
“Every day of my life right now was about the fight, focus about the fight,” Ngannou told MMAjunkie. “I feel like I’m lost. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say. That was not good news.”
“I think anything is possible,” Ngannou said. “I could not judge him because I know that problem exists. … Some manufacturers use illegal products to make it be more – to make it work more. But for us fighters, it’s no good, so I never take it.”
Ngannou called out No. 2-ranked Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) to replace Dos Santos.
“For the top 10, Alistair Overeem is the only one who is free, who is open right now,” Ngannou said. “The last time I spoke to (UFC matchmaker) Mick (Maynard) he told me they were still looking for something. I don’t think they will have something because I checked the heavyweight division, and I see that all of the top-10 fighters have a fight coming up.”