Francis Ngannou wants his shot at the UFC title, and he is pretty determined in getting one. The French-Cameroonian fighter believes he should be the next challenger of Stipe Miocic and doesn’t want for anybody else to take in his spot.
After the recent rumors that Jon Jones might jump in and have one big spectacle versus Miocic, Ngannou became a bit frustrated.
“So because I think I should be next in the line, it should be me, so yes, I would be upset about that,” said Francis.
The 32-year old has 14 wins and 3 losses. One of them was against Miocic back in early 2018, when he had his only chance to reach the heavyweight title. Miocic won via unanimous decision, but some of the experts were saying that Ngannou did a hell of damage to the champ. But it was obvious that he still needs to work on his skills because Miocic dominated on the ground. He created a decisive advantage in that area.
Even before the fight between Miocic and Cormier, Ngannou publicly demanded a chance to fight the winner of this clash. He believes that at the moment there isn’t anyone else better than him who should challenge the champion regardless of his name.
The fact that Miocic won the fight only gave him an additional motive to meet with him. That loss is still in his head, and Ngannou wants a chance to get even with the champ.
“[Miocic and I] still have to do what has to be done,” Ngannou told. “I think I’m in the spot now that I deserve the title shot.”
Since that fight, the French has won three battles and lost one, in his next appearance against Derrick Lewis. After that defeat, he sorted out, and recorded three straight first-round knockouts, against Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, and Junior Dos Santos.
The UFC is mysterious when it comes to Miocic’s next opponent, and that is something which makes Ngannou pretty upset as we mentioned earlier. He can’t understand the organization and believes that they don’t have a proper strategy for the future.
“I don’t know exactly what is happening for the UFC executives. I don’t know what their mindset is,” he said. “They are not really clear on the answer of me deserving a title shot or me fighting next or not.”
Miocic, on the other side, didn’t want to talk about his next fight. Cormier also. Both of these guys want to take a rest and see what is next. DC might even change his retirement decision and stay for a couple of more fights. That is something which opens up a possibility of having a theology between him and Miocic, and which is much more tempting for the public.
The profits from that spectacle would break the ceiling. The same applies to the fight between Miocic and Jon Jones. So, at this point, Ngannou’s position is a bit tough. And he might wait for some time to get another chance for fighting the UFC champion.
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