Dana White Says Francis Ngannou Will Fight At First UFC France Event

Dana White has revealed that heavyweight star Francis Ngannou may soon be getting a chance to fight in his adopted homeland of France.

According to the UFC president, they are finally homing in on having their first ever event on French soil and Ngannou appears to have been earmarked as a headliner for the card.

“Yeah, exciting year for Francis, too, because, not only big fights for him, and potential title fight, but France,” White told TMZ Sports. “We finally got France done. We’ve been working hard for a long time to get that place open for MMA, and we’ll do a fight there that, obviously, Francis will probably headline.”

Ngannou is currently on an impressive three-fight winning streak, having bounced back from a title loss against Stipe Miocic in style with a string of first round finishes in which he TKO’d Curtis Blaydes in 45 seconds and then KO’d Cain Velasquez in just 26 seconds, followed up by a 71 second TKO finish against another former champion Junior dos Santos.

However, White also revealed that another rising French heavyweight fighter will also make it onto the line-up too.

“I don’t know if you watched the fight last weekend from Singapore, but the kid, [Ciryl] Gane, big badass heavyweight from France. No [they won’t fight each other], but they’ll both fight on that card.”

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