Heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou recently made the move from his native France to Las Vegas, Nevada in an attempt to focus more on his professional MMA career.
The fighter states that the newly created Athlete Performance Institute in Las Vegas played a huge factor in him relocating from France.
“Now, we have the (Athlete) Performance Institute,” Ngannou said to MMA Junkie. “That is very important. We still thought about other cities, but when we knew that they have the institute, and they told us what (the institute does), we thought that is the best way to go.”
Ngannou is coming off of the biggest win of his professional MMA career, as he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC On Fox 23.
With a lot of momentum currently behind him, the French heavyweight believes a UFC Heavyweight Title shot could come his way before the year’s end.
“Everything is possible,” he said. “It depends on a lot of things. It could be this year or next year.”
Even though Ngannou has won ten of eleven fights as a professional MMA fighter, the heavyweight has yet to challenge for a title in any promotion that he has competed in.