Francis Ngannou has admitted to "feeling nervous" while filming a stunt for the upcoming reality comedy film Jackass Forever after being told he wasn't punching someone in the groin hard enough.
The UFC Heavyweight champion has an unlikely cameo in the fourth main instalment of the comedy franchise, having been brought in for his legendary punching power.
The 35-year-old, who will defend his belt for the first time later this month against Ciryl Gane, was paired up for a stunt with Ehren McGhehey AKA Danger Ehren.
Ngannou had simple task to perform, punching Ehren in the groin as hard as possible, but he found himself holding back through fear of causing lasting damage.
Speaking about his role in the movie, Ngannou said: "That’s the craziest thing that I’ve ever seen.
"Man, I had to punch somebody in the nuts. I did it the first time, [and they’re like] 'Listen man, we know you. People know that you’re the hardest puncher in the world. It wasn’t hard enough'.
"I was like ‘Are you kidding me?' Like, I’m nervous. I don’t know, I could hurt this guy, did he at least have kids or something already?”
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Ngannou has won five UFC bouts in a row since back-to-back decision defeats against Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis, knocking out each of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the first round.
His latest victory came in a rematch with Miocic – in which he won with a stunning second-round knockout to claim UFC gold for the first time in his career.
While trying not to look past the threat posed by the undefeated Gane, his former team-mate, Ngannou is hoping to secure a future bout against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Ngannou told TMZ: "It's always been down the line. This is something I'm not taking my eyes off of.
"It's gonna happen, either way. Even if, when the UFC and I finalise a deal, the boxing part has to be into it because I can't see myself retiring without boxing.
"Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. I would like to test myself to that level. It's not the same sport, although I'm the champion, I'm in the top in this division.
"At the end of the day, it's just about like trained hands, trained punches, having a good delivery system to produce bombs and I'm sure that if I deliver my own punch, it's pretty good, I can make some damage."
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