UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will have reconstructive knee surgery on March 18 to repair damage suffered in his UFC 270 title defense. If everything goes according to plan, “The Predator” will be able to make his MMA return in early 2023.
So what happens to the heavyweight division until then?
“I think an interim title would be quite a logical decision now because we frankly don’t know what will (happen),” No. 6-ranked heavyweight Alexander Volkov told reporters at the UFC London media day (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “But the only question is: Who will fight for this interim title? (Ciryl) Gane lost, and (Tai) Tuivasa only entered now as a third. Right now it’s very dark times even for UFC heavyweights.”
That’s assuming Ngannou comes back instead of jumping ship.
The 33 year-old Volkov (33-9) will have an opportunity to insert himself into temporary title talk when he collides with fast-rising English sensation Tom Aspinall atop the UFC London event this Sat. night (March 19, 2022) inside O2 Arena in London, England.
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