There’s disappointing news regarding UFC 215 today, with it now having been confirmed that rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou has been pulled from the event in Canada on September 9th due to the promotion being unable to find a suitable opponent for him.
Ngannou had originally been scheduled to fight Junior dos Santos on the pay-per-view portion of the card, but that had to be shelved recently after the former Brazilian heavyweight champion failed a drug test.
Ngannou had then called out current No.1 contender Alistair Overeem instead, but the Dutchman stayed silent and nobody else appeared to be in a big hurry to face ‘The Predator’ on short notice either.
It’s hard to blame them as Ngannou has been a real force to be reckoned with so far in his UFC career, with the 30-year-old enjoying a five-fight winning streak in the Octagon to date.
Along the way he’s defeated the likes of Luis Henrique, Curtis Blaydes and Anthony Hamilton, but his biggest win undoubtedly came last time out when he TKO’d Andrei Arlovski in the first round.
With Ngannou now officially off the card, UFC 215 proceeds with two title fights still leading the proceedings, with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson headlining opposite Ray Borg, while women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes heads into a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko.