FRANCIS NGANNOU announced his knee surgery was a success – and was ready to “get back on track”.
The U.F.C Heavyweight champion had to go under the knife after beating Ciryl Gane, 31, in January.
And he confirmed that the operation before rehabilitation went smoothly.
Ngannou, 35, wrote on Instagram: “Knee surgery today went very well (ACL reconstruction and MCL repair). PS: no meniscus damage
“Thanks to Dr. Alattrache and the staff who took such good care of me. Rehab time to get everything back to normal and back on track.
“Sincerely, THE KING.”
Ngannou, whose UFC contract expires this year, is expected to be out for the rest of the year.
It means an interim champion could be crowned in his absence, ufc President Dana White unveiled.
White said: “It’s very possible. We’ll find out this week [how long he’s out].
“If nine months is true, if it will be nine months before he gets clearance to start training again.
“That’s almost a year before he would fight. So yes, we would do an intertitle.”
Ngannou is out of fights with his current UFC deal but is signed for another year because of a title.
An extension is not out of the question, but so is the Cameroonian teased a move into boxing.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18014532/ufc-francis-ngannou-health-hospital-knee-surgery/ UFC Champion Francis Ngannou shares health updates from the hospital bed after successful knee surgery