After the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had no choice but to close shop for a few months, several fighters who already had reserved fights were forced to return to their private gymnasiums to quarantine and continue to s ‘train.
It was a frustrating ordeal all around, because the uncertainty of the time due to COVID-19 had worried and worried everyone on the planet and maybe a little crazy. Francis Ngannou, the best contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight, having had his first fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruick – which was scheduled to end on March 8 in Columbus, Ohio – has been postponed the start of what was a rough emotional roller coaster .
After the fight was re-booked to descend to UFC 249 on April 18 a month later, the frustrations of “The Predator” increased even more after the fight was put back on the shelf after the Powers that were pressed on the Dana White pause button. efforts to restart the ball. According to the impactful big man, his motivation also suffered.
“It was very exhausting, very frustrating, [mentally]”Ngannou told MMA Fighting. “It was very difficult to stay motivated and to go out every day. Go ahead and train without knowing if the fight will take place. [You’re] always suspicious – maybe it will happen or not, and keep the same intensity for the fight.
“When you train for a fight, it’s different from just training to stay in shape. So even if you don’t have that goal, that goal, you still have to be motivated to go for it. This is the hardest part, “he added. “Between each cancellation and the new schedule, there is always a day when you are a little like the fight is postponed, so you give up everything, and in your mind, you do not know what will follow,” said Ngannou .
“Then a few days after that, it is rescheduled for that date, and you put your sh * t together and go there. Because, again, it won’t be an excuse if you don’t play there. ”
Judging by this photo, Ngannou didn’t have much trouble finding the motivation to get back into shape after the fight was re-booked a third time for UFC249 on May 9. However, “The Predator” admits that there is always that little bit of uncertainty and anxiety hiding in the back of his mind that anything can happen at the eleventh hour.
“Right now, after three cancellations, it’s very difficult to trust anything,” said Ngannou. “You just hope, cross your fingers and I hope it will happen. But you don’t know exactly, ”he added. “The reality is that things are not what they used to be. You just have to make it work one way or another. I think we are all going through this. It’s not especially for you. So all the fighters face this.
“Maybe someone has a better way of handling this, or if they have adapted very quickly, everyone has to go through it. It’s annoying, it’s weird, it’s not the best conditions you’d like to be in, but at the end of the day, it’s always some kind of challenge you can take on, so you take it. ”
The multiple leave and cancellations did not affect his confidence, however, as Ngannou says he still plans to put “Bigi Boy” to sleep in hopes of winning his second chance at winning UFC gold.
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