Francis Ngannou seems to be missing his pre-knee surgery box-jumping prowess.
The UFC heavyweight champion recently reposted an old video of himself doing box jumps with the caption:
"Damn it I used to jump high 😅"
Watch Francis Ngannou's video below:
Ngannou covers a substantial amount of height in the video, which apparently he cannot anymore ever since the knee injury and subsequent surgery. The video was originally posted by 'The Predator' after the KO victory over Stipe Miocic
Francis Ngannou underwent knee surgery in March to repair a torn ACL and MCL. Prior to his surgery, Ngannou's manager, Marquel Martin, had pinned down the recovery time to approximately '9 or 10 months'.
Ngannou's surgery was performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has treated several high-profile athletes. Dr. ElAttrache was one of the surgeons who worked on Conor McGregor after the Irishman's brutal injury against Dustin Poirier last year.
Francis Ngannou is yet to be contacted by the UFC regarding contract negotiations
Francis Ngannou's UFC contract has essentially been exhausted with his title defense against Ciryl Gane back in January. However, 'The Predator' remains tied to the promotion owing to a championship clause that binds him to compete one last time.
While the UFC usually renews contracts long before existing contracts expire, the situation with Ngannou is complicated. The UFC heavyweight champion has demanded that his new contract allow him to pursue other ventures, leading to a long dispute with the promotion.
Ngannou recently revealed that his contract negotiations with the UFC remain at a stalemate as he is yet to be contacted by the promotion. 'The Predator' said on the SiriusXM Podcast:
“My contract status right now is still the same. I haven’t received any offer, so it’s still the same. I hope in like the next three months, two to three months, we can deal with that, to solve that. It’s no surprise to me. I think we are not in a rush. I’m not in a rush either. I mean, I’m not going anywhere, so I’m not rushing. At the end of the day we have a long time.”
Catch Ngannou's appearance on the SiriusXM Podcast below: