Undefeated French-Cameroonian UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou hits so hard he may well be the future of the division, and he looks the part. His last two fights, against Anthony Hamilton and Andrei Arlovski, lasted less than one round, combined. He was scheduled to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 215 Saturday night; a win would have broken through to the big time. However, JDS was notified of a potential anti-doping violation and the fight was canceled.
During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Ngannou said he was withholding judgment, doesn’t take any supplements himself, and that the cancellation hurt.
“I cannot say yes I believe it, but I cannot judge him,” said Ngannou, as transcribed by Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “This is a situation that can happen to everyone because [supplement brands] are going to give you a little check or whatever, like $1000, $2000, and they give them products, they just took it and don’t check it. Sometimes, they even go [get supplements on their own], they really don’t check, so this can happen to everyone. But I could not say Junior is guilty or innocent.”
“I feel so bad because I was waiting for that fight and even yesterday, I just think about how the next event was 215 and how my moment was coming. I feel like I missed this one, I’m still disappointed. It’s not easy to be prepared for a fight for three months and then it doesn’t happen. Some fighters are used to this situation, but when you’ve never had it, you don’t know how difficult it is and basically, you’re waiting more for the fight because this was supposed to be some big fight for me that could push me up.”
“Sometimes I think about how to take supplements, but I don’t do it. I never took supplements because maybe something’s wrong and they’ll just say, ‘Yes, Ngannou did this, Ngannou failed a drug test,’ and no fighter wants to have that in their career.”
By Kirik Jenness