When Francis Ngannou dropped his heavyweight title match to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220, it wasn’t simply the lack of a championship that disappointed him, but also a fear that his efforts would not have a larger impact back in his adopted homeland of France, a place in which he had lived since he was a toddler.
In 2016, the French Ministry of sport upheld a series of new rules that essentially made MMA an illegal sport in France. Opponents argue it was the lobbying efforts of native Judo and BJJ federations that feared competition with their own sports that led to the ban. Whatever the reason, … Read the Full Article Here