Francis Ngannou Gives His Thoughts On Stipe Miocic’s Win Over Daniel Cormier

One fighter keeping a close eye on the UFC 241 headliner between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic was Francis Ngannou. Miocic defeated Cormier via fourth-round TKO to regain the heavyweight title and become a two-time champion. The question now turns to who he should face next. There’s always the option of a trilogy fight with […]

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One fighter keeping a close eye on the UFC 241 headliner between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic was Francis Ngannou.

Miocic defeated Cormier via fourth-round TKO to regain the heavyweight title and become a two-time champion. The question now turns to who he should face next. There’s always the option of a trilogy fight with Cormier, especially with the score now tied at 1-1.

There’s also a super fight with Jon Jones as an option. But when it comes to a contender standpoint, a rematch with Ngannou makes the most sense. “The Predator” notably challenged Miocic for the title last year only to lose a lopsided decision.

He would lose once more in a drab decision to Derrick Lewis before reemerging as a top contender with first-round knockout wins over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. So what did Ngannou think of the UFC 241 headliner?

“Honestly, I did not expect this fight to be so intense,” Ngannou said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “It was such a great fight. They hit each other very well. I think Stipe took over with that body shot he put on DC. That affected DC because DC was doing very well. I mean, maybe he was winning the fight before that. It was a great fight.”

Ngannou Feels He Deserves Title Shot

Ngannou did not have anyone in particular that he wanted to win. That’s because in his eyes, he’s deserving of facing whoever the winner turned out to be:

“To be honest, I think I should fight the winner of DC and Stipe with whoever wins the fight,” he added. “With Stipe, I need to fight with him to have my rematch [and] at the same time, a title shot.”

However, there is no indication from the UFC as such that he will be next in line.

“I’m here for the rematch, the title shot,” he concluded. “It would be unfair for them to not give me that fight. I’ve done what’s had to be done to deserve it, to prove that I can get the opportunity back and I think it should be like that.”

Do you want to see Ngannou face Miocic in a rematch next?

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Coach Expects Francis Ngannou To Defeat Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic Winner

Coach Fernand Lopez believes Francis Ngannou would be able to defeat the winner of UFC 241’s main event — regardless of who comes out on top. Daniel Cormier defends his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in the main event on Saturday night. Should Miocic win, it would set up an enticing rematch with Ngannou. “The Predator” […]

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Coach Fernand Lopez believes Francis Ngannou would be able to defeat the winner of UFC 241’s main event — regardless of who comes out on top.

Daniel Cormier defends his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in the main event on Saturday night. Should Miocic win, it would set up an enticing rematch with Ngannou. “The Predator” was the betting favorite heading into his fight with Miocic last year. However, he was completely outclassed and would lose a lopsided decision.

Since then, Ngannou has improved dramatically and is on a current three-fight winning streak, including knockouts of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. And if they met now, it would be a very different fight according to Lopez:

“I think it will be different. Stipe is very good at wrestling and boxing, and I think if he’s focused the outcome could be different,” Lopez told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “…I don’t need my fighters to get a loss, but I definitely think the fighters can become mature and to get good. If you look at a study of champions, the champions got good because they know [the feeling] of a loss.

“Having a loss is a lot of learning; you never learn like when you get loss. I think those losses have made Francis completely different.

There is a potential roadblock to a title shot if Cormier were to retain, and that’s Jon Jones. However, taking him out of the equation, Lopez believes Ngannou is the next contender and would even beat Cormier:

“If we take out the Jon Jones situation, Francis should be fighting for the belt right away,” Lopez added. “And I think no matter [who wins the title fight], no matter if it’s Stipe or ‘DC’, Francis is going to win the fight anyway.”

Ngannou Has Always Been Dangerous

Ngannou’s stock was at an all-time low following his drab decision loss to Derrick Lewis which followed his loss to Miocic. But with his recent winning streak over some huge names, fans are back on the hype train.

For Lopez, he feels people forgot just how dangerous his pupil can be:

“People tend to forget what Francis has done,” he concluded. “He pulled off a huge submission against Anthony [Hamilton] in his second or third UFC fight. People were amazed by how he could do that.

People tend to forget because a couple of fights later people were talking like he didn’t have a clue about what’s going on the ground. Francis has looked amazing. When you take out the two losses that he had—he wasn’t in here, he wasn’t in a good state of mind—he has always been dangerous.”

Do you think Ngannou beats either Cormier or Miocic?

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Quote: Francis Ngannou Will Beat Stipe Or ‘DC’ For The Title Next

The heavyweight title is on the line in the main event of UFC 241 as Daniel Cormier takes on Stipe Miocic. Whoever wins this could very well have to face Francis Ngannou next who has been knocking out everyone as of late. Fernand Lopez, Ngannou’s…

The heavyweight title is on the line in the main event of UFC 241 as Daniel Cormier takes on Stipe Miocic. Whoever wins this could very well have to face Francis Ngannou next who has been knocking out everyone as of late. Fernand Lopez, Ngannou’s coach, expects his pupil will fight for the title next […]

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Francis Ngannou Lands Role In ‘Fast & Furious 9’

UFC heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou has landed a movie role in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 9” film. ESPN reported the news, which was originally broken by Deadline. His specific role has not yet been announced. The “Fast & Furious” franchise is no stranger to having mixed martial artists involved in their films. Notable […]

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UFC heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou has landed a movie role in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 9” film.

ESPN reported the news, which was originally broken by Deadline. His specific role has not yet been announced. The “Fast & Furious” franchise is no stranger to having mixed martial artists involved in their films. Notable names to have appeared in the franchise include Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano.

This is quite the opportunity for Ngannou, who has been on a tear within the heavyweight division as of late. The 32-year-old is on a three-fight win streak, each of those victories coming by way of finish in the first round. Ngannou is a former UFC heavyweight title challenger.

With his current win streak, it’s possible that Ngannou is next in line to challenge for the strap once again. This weekend heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against Stipe Miocic. It wouldn’t be a surprise if “The Predator” were to get the first crack at the winner in early 2020.

Ngannou challenged for the title back in January of 2018 against then-title holder Stipe Miocic. When it was all said and done after five rounds, Miocic retained the gold via lopsided unanimous decision. It would be interesting to see how a rematch between the pair would play out.

What do you think about Ngannou joining the cast of “Fast & Furious 9?”

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UFC Heavyweight Francis Ngannou Lands Role On Fast & Furious 9

UFC heavyweight contender, Francis Ngannou is heading to Hollywood. The knockout artist has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9 according to Deadline. Ngannou’s role is not known as of yet, so it will be interesting to see how major or minor of…

UFC heavyweight contender, Francis Ngannou is heading to Hollywood. The knockout artist has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9 according to Deadline. Ngannou’s role is not known as of yet, so it will be interesting to see how major or minor of a role he plays. Meanwhile, this is not the first time […]

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Fabricio Werdum Believes He Can Finish Francis Ngannou

Upon his planned UFC return, Fabricio Werdum hopes to share the Octagon with Francis Ngannou. Werdum has been forced to sit on the sidelines due to a USADA violation. “Vai Cavalo” hasn’t competed since March 2018. He will be eligible …

Upon his planned UFC return, Fabricio Werdum hopes to share the Octagon with Francis Ngannou. Werdum has been forced to sit on the sidelines due to a USADA violation. “Vai Cavalo” hasn’t competed since March 2018. He will be eligible to return to action in May 2020. While Werdum had requested his release from the […]

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