Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick recently revealed that UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s recovery is going well.
Francis hasn’t fought since January, when he defeated interim champ Ciryl Gane to successfully unify the titles at UFC 270 due to a knee injury. It required surgery to repair a torn MCL and damaged ACL in March.
UFC champ Francis Ngannou’s recovery
“I think he’s either ahead of schedule or on track, one or the other,” Nicksick told MMA Junkie Radio. “And from what I’ve gathered (from UFC Performance Institute staff), he’s making great strides. He’s back in the gym moving around, hitting pads and stuff.”
“That’s the biggest thing for me as a coach,” Nicksick said. “What I miss out on is time of growing, areas that we can improve on. That’s where I get like, ‘Oh man, we’re not doing enough X, Y, Z.’ And I’m OK with that. We don’t have a fight lined up or anything right now. His main focus is getting his knee rehabbed to the point where we can get back in the lab and start doing these things again. Hopefully, and it sounds like for what he’s saying that if something were to happen, it would be the end of the year or early 2023.”