In just four months, Ngannou has fought two of the best heavyweight boxers on the planet and been in two of the biggest fights of 2023 and 2024.

However, a few weeks before his fight with Joshua, MMA promotion the Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced he would fight its heavyweight champion Renan Ferreira later this year.

Ngannou left the UFC last year to pursue his boxing ambitions, but signed with its rivals the PFL last May.

Part of his deal with the PFL guaranteed him the freedom to box but Ngannou is now likely to make his long-awaited return to MMA rather than compete in another boxing match.

Ngannou has not fought in MMA since January 2022 in his last UFC fight, when he beat Frenchman Ciryl Gane.

Source: BBC