Anthony Johnson Open To Francis Ngannou Heavyweight Clash

Anthony Johnson is ready to return to the Octagon, and will return at heavyweight. He is looking to return in the spring of 2020, and “Rumble” has his eyes set on fighting Francis Ngannou. This, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I asked Anthony Johnson about a potential fight with Francis Ngannou, who he says is […]

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Anthony Johnson is ready to return to the Octagon, and will return at heavyweight.

He is looking to return in the spring of 2020, and “Rumble” has his eyes set on fighting Francis Ngannou. This, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

“I asked Anthony Johnson about a potential fight with Francis Ngannou, who he says is the scariest dude in the division. He says he expects to fight him but not just to “get everyone’s rocks off.” Says that fight will be hyped and it needs to be for something special.”

Johnson has not fought since UFC 210 when he lost to Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title. Since then, he has been retired and serving as an ambassador for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships and working as a bodybuilder.

Ngannou, meanwhile, last fought at UFC Minneapolis where he knocked out Junior dos Santos. The win extended his streak to three after knockout wins over Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes. However, what is holding him back from a title shot is back-to-back losses to Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic.

This would no doubt be a massive fight for the fans and be one of the most intriguing bouts the UFC could put on at heavyweight.

Would you be interested in seeing Anthony Johnson vs. Francis Ngannou?

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Francis Ngannou Expects ‘Revenge’ In Potential Stipe Miocic Rematch

Francis Ngannou feels a potential rematch with Stipe Miocic will ‘definitely’ not go the same way as the first outing. Ngannou first challenged for Miocic’s heavyweight title at UFC 220 last year. Given his run at the time, oddsmakers even made “The Predator” the betting favorite going into the bout. However, Miocic upset the odds […]

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Francis Ngannou feels a potential rematch with Stipe Miocic will ‘definitely’ not go the same way as the first outing.

Ngannou first challenged for Miocic’s heavyweight title at UFC 220 last year. Given his run at the time, oddsmakers even made “The Predator” the betting favorite going into the bout. However, Miocic upset the odds as he outclassed Ngannou to win a lopsided unanimous decision.

With Ngannou now on a three-fight win streak and Miocic regaining his heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last month, the two seem destined to collide again. Ngannou for one, has been waiting and expects to get revenge when it is finally booked:

“I’ve been waiting for it,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie recently. “After my last fight, Dana White said we’re going to see how it plays out between ‘DC’ and Stipe. I’m willing. I’m ready for it. 

“I think I’m going to have my revenge, and definitely it’s not going to go the same way as the last one. 2019, hopefully – that would be great.”

Along with a title shot, Ngannou also hopes to fight in his home continent of Africa. Given the rise of Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya, it looks like a possibility in the future. But Ngannou doesn’t expect it to happen anytime soon:

“I hope so, but I don’t know if they’re really willing to do it,” Ngannou added. “I can’t wait to see that. Either Nigeria or Cameroon. Let’s say Nigeria first.”

Do you think Ngannou will win the title from Miocic in a second attempt?

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Cain Velasquez Credits Ngannou’s Punch for UFC Phoenix Loss

Investigation #Kneegate has officially closed. At UFC Phoenix in February, Cain Velasquez made his Octagon return after a three-year sabbatical, only for Francis Ngannou to abruptly end Velasquez’s comeback story with a first-round knockout. There was …

Investigation #Kneegate has officially closed. At UFC Phoenix in February, Cain Velasquez made his Octagon return after a three-year sabbatical, only for Francis Ngannou to abruptly end Velasquez’s comeback story with a first-round knockout. There was an awkward ending to the fight, though, with many believing that it was Velasquez’s knee buckling that generated the […]

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Junior dos Santos Explains Why He Wants A Rematch Against Francis Ngannou

Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou fought earlier this year at UFC Minneapolis. There, it was Ngannou who knocked out the former UFC heavyweight champion in the first round. The fight was over quickly as Ngannou won the fight in just 71 seconds. Yet…

Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou fought earlier this year at UFC Minneapolis. There, it was Ngannou who knocked out the former UFC heavyweight champion in the first round. The fight was over quickly as Ngannou won the fight in just 71 seconds. Yet, Junior dos Santos believes he didn’t showcase his full skillset and […]

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Junior dos Santos Wants Francis Ngannou Rematch And Then Stipe Miocic Trilogy

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos still hopes to regain his title. “JDS” seemed to be on a career resurgence with a three-fight winning streak that included TKO wins over Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis. He was then paired up against Francis Ngannou with the winner seemingly being next in line to challenge for […]

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos still hopes to regain his title.

“JDS” seemed to be on a career resurgence with a three-fight winning streak that included TKO wins over Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis. He was then paired up against Francis Ngannou with the winner seemingly being next in line to challenge for the title.

However, Ngannou made quick work of “Cigano” by knocking him out in just over a minute. Many believed that was the Brazilian’s last chance of getting a title shot, but he certainly isn’t giving up.

Dos Santos wants a rematch with Ngannou and hopes that a win over him will secure him a title shot and trilogy fight with new heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic:

“I want to fight,” Dos Santos said in a recent interview with Combate (via Bloody Elbow). “My intention is to come back as soon as possible. My main goal right now is to have a rematch with Ngannou as soon as possible, and then a third fight with Miocic.”

Rumors going around seem to indicate that his next bout will be Alexander Volkov instead. Dos Santos is not too sure if that fight will happen but another one that interests him is former heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier:

“I think Cormier is an extremely tough guy,” he added. “He’s a hard fight for anyone, but it would be a great fight for me. I would love it. When I fought Velasquez, he (Cormier) talked a lot of trash back then. So, it would even make sense. Let’s see.

If this Volkov fight really happens, I don’t know, let’s see what the future holds. But I think this fight would please the fans.”

What do you think should be next for “JDS”?

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Francis Ngannou Explains What Biggest Difference Would Be In Stipe Miocic Rematch

Francis Ngannou wants another shot at Stipe Miocic and knows thins would go differently a second time around. Of course, the two fought back at UFC 220 in January of 2018 where many thought Ngannou would go in and knock out Miocic. Yet, that was far from the case as Miocic dominated the fight from […]

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Francis Ngannou wants another shot at Stipe Miocic and knows thins would go differently a second time around.

Of course, the two fought back at UFC 220 in January of 2018 where many thought Ngannou would go in and knock out Miocic. Yet, that was far from the case as Miocic dominated the fight from the get-go and won by unanimous decision. He exploited the Cameroonian’s wrestling defense and won the fight, 50-44 on all three judge’s scorecards.

Now, almost two years later, Ngannou is confident he has gotten better.

“The biggest difference now is that I have increased my experience and I understand more about the fighting game. My biggest change would be not to underestimate Stipe as I did before,” Ngannou said to MMA Fighting. “The difference would be how to prepare to fight and then how to [condition] my body in training camp as a challenger. How to set up everything compared to the first time.

“Once again, the first time was a mess. I didn’t know what I was doing there. It helped me to understand a lot of things, It helped me to learn. It helped to understand a lot of things. To know how things work.”

But, whether or not Ngannou would get the next title shot against Miocic is to be seen. Of course, the Daniel Cormier-Miocic trilogy fight is always there, but Ngannou is not worried about that happening as he says he deserves the shot first.

“My concern is not about Daniel Cormier having a trilogy,” Ngannou said. “They can have a trilogy or a four-ogy or a five-ogy, whatever they want to. My concern is just about my turn, about my title fight. I can fight Stipe and then the fight after [can be the trilogy] I don’t have no problem with that. My only problem is me fighting for the title. I deserve it.

“I deserve it based on my last three performances. I’m just expecting the title shot. Then whatever happens between DC and Stipe, if they decide to solve it, I don’t have a problem with that. I will be excited to see that trilogy but right now I have to fight for the title, which makes sense.”

Do you think Francis Ngannou vs. Stipe Miocic 2 would go differently?

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