Cormier: “I Will Beat Francis Ngannou”

In the aftermath of watching his friend fall in 26 seconds, Daniel Cormier made it known that if Francis Ngannou wants to go, he’s ready for him

“Every time you see something like that, the emotions tell you you go get it back, you go make it right,” an emotional Cormier said Sunday night on ESPN’s SportsCenter of Ngannou’s win over Cain Velasquez. “But Francis Ngannou, who didn’t ask for a fight, maybe later he will, and if that’s something we decide we want to do, then that’s what I’ll do.

“I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou,” Cormier emphasized. “I will beat Francis Ngannou.”

“I know how hard he trained,” the UFC heavyweight champion said of his American Kickboxing Academy teammate. “I know how well he prepared for this fight, and for it to end the way that it did was very unfortunate, was very hard to watch, I wasn’t able to get to Phoenix. It’s sad, it makes me very sad that I’m not there right now, that he lost in this way.”

“I thought he was ready to fight, and I felt like he was ready to win this fight. You just cannot control some of the things that happen. He hurt his knee. And obviously you’re fighting a big powerful guy like Francis, there’s no room for error.”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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