The new PFL light heavyweight champion Impa Kasanganay speaks out on his recent call out of the ex UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. The ‘Predator’ is yet to make his PFL debut but ‘Tshilobo’ is very keen to be his first opponent.
It is hard to believe that after that stunning head kick knockout, that the receiver Impa Kasanganay would be an MMA champion before Joaquin Buckley. However MMA works in weird ways as after his unanimous decision win over Josh Silveira, Impa Kasanganay has become the PFL light heavyweight champion. This obviously a massive success for ‘Tshilobo’ and he capped it off with a call out of the PFL’s long awaited heavyweight Francis Ngannou.
This has left many fans questioning the severity of the call out. However, Impa Kasanganay went on the Anik and Florian podcast to reiterate that he was serious when calling out the ‘Predator’.
‘I mean it.’ Kasanganay said. ‘I respect the greats and he is one of the greatest… the best fighters fight each other. Once you become a world champion, you solidify yourself as one of the best… Like, you wanna be the king in your land. And that’s how I look at it. Francis Ngannou is one of the kings in this territory, I want that part of the land.’
Quotes via middleeasy.com
Impa Kasanganay will have to wait for Ngannou
While Impa Kasanganay wishes he could be next in line, he will have to wait for Francis Ngannou. Francis Ngannou is yet to make his PFL debut however it is heavily rumored that his first opponent is going to be the heavyweight boxing star Deontay Wilder. Even if that doesn’t happen, the recent news of the PFL buying out the fighting promotion Bellator leads to a new avenue for the PFL. Ryan Bader is also looking to fight the former UFC heavyweight champ and this could be the way he gets his fight. Sadly Impa Kasanganay may have to wait to gain his shot at the ‘Predator’. One thing that shouldn’t be forgotten however is that ‘Tshilobo’ has made his name as one of the best light heavyweights in the world. Should Impa Kasanganay’s next opponent be Francis Ngannou? Let us know in the comments below!
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