Cormier Interested In Ngannou Fight If Stipe Is Unavailable
Any ordinary man would be terrified to face off against Francis Ngannou. Daniel Cormier is willing to fight “The Predator” to get back to the top of the mountain.
This past Saturday at UFC 249, Francis Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds. It was his fourth win in a row, all via some form of knockout. Ranked second in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings, Ngannou (15-3) has been eyeing a UFC Heavyweight Title shot. He actually suggested his fight with Rozenstruik be for the interim UFC Heavyweight Title. While it never came to fruition, Cormier (22-2, 1NC) is looking to give him a run for his money.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion in Cormier has been waiting a long time to face current champion Stipe Miocic in a rematch. Miocic (19-3) beat Cormier at UFC 241 last August to reclaim the belt Cormier previously took from him. He suffered an eye injury in the fight, which has delayed the rumored trilogy bout. Believed to be ready by August, Miocic is preparing for an impatient Cormier, who is set to retire after.
After UFC 249, Cormier liked the idea of Ngannou and him fighting for the title, if that was the only alternative.
“That’s if Stipe won’t fight,” Cormier stated, via MMA Fighting. “If Stipe won’t fight then Francis Ngannou has earned a title fight. If somebody’s fighting Francis Ngannou for the title, it’s going to be me. I’ll be honest with you, all respect in the world to Francis Ngannou but I’m not afraid of anyone. I’ll fight anybody on any time. I love Francis. I think he’s a sweetheart person.”
Miocic has opened up about rumors of him hiding from a fight. He is currently working at his other job as a firefighter, helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The champion has stated a matchup in the fall is most likely the way to go. UFC President Dana White has since stated that it wouldn’t be out of the question to take the title away from Miocic, but nothing has been done so far.
If an interim title is not an option, Cormier believes that White’s idea of potentially taking the belt away from Miocic can work. Still, Cormier is hoping he can get one final bout with the Cleveland native.
“I would love to do my trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic,” Cormier went on to say. “But if Stipe won’t fight, they’re going to take his belt just like Henry [Cejudo] just gave up his and they’re going to make a fight between Francis and I for the belt.
“It’s simple as that. You’ve got to fight as the champ.”
If Cormier’s reaction from Ngannou’s knockout shot is any indication, it could be a very interesting matchup.
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