Ngannou Frustrated, Wants a Fight
Francis Ngannou is sick and tired of waiting around.
Ngannou has won three straight fights, all coming by first-round KO/TKO, and he feels he’s earned another crack at the UFC heavyweight title. However, due to various circumstances, Ngannou, currently ranked No. 2 in the UFC division’s rankings, is left without ann opponent.
“They have to do something with me,” Ngannou said. “OK, so what is that? I want the damn answer. I want to know what’s my position. I want to know what I’m doing here. I’m the No. 2 [heavyweight], and everyone is booked. I’m just here looking like, I don’t know, some guy desperate to get a fight.”
After winning 11 of his first 12 MMA fights, including all six and the UFC, capped off by a vicious first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem, Ngannou challenged Stipe Miocic for the title at UFC 220, getting dominated on the mat and losing a unanimous decision. He then lost to Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in what has been panned as one of the worst and lowest-striking fights in MMA history.
Over the last year, however, Ngannou seems to have rebounded with a second win over Curtis Blaydes, and finishes of former champions Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. Ngannou expected this to lead to a rematch with Miocic, who regained the heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, but the UFC is looking towards a Miocic-Cormier trilogy fight in the first three months of 2020, likely in March.
The UFC has offered Ngannou alternatives, but Ngannou feels they either don’t make sense, force him to wait on certain fight outcomes happening, or don’t work out for other reasons.
“It’s very frustrating right now, and I kind of [have to] think what to do, what is possible,” Ngannou said. “The only guy in the top 10 that is available right now, as I saw, is Shamil [Abdurakhimov]. But Shamil just lost against Curtis Blaydes. Curtis Blaydes doesn’t have a fight, and I fought him twice already. So it’s not some fight that I’m looking for. And that’s all. They said I could wait to see what’s going on Nov. 9, to see maybe if [Alexander] Volkov beats JDS. But the problem — first of all, that’s not a fight I’m looking for. And second of all, Volkov turned this fight down twice.
“Why do I have to expect somebody to win a fight or don’t get hurt to accept the fight? ‘I don’t know.’ That was their answer: to wait and see, either in November or in December, to see if Volkov wins or if Walt Harris wins. Then we will see if they want to fight me if they are not injured.
Right now, I don’t know if I’m a fighter or not. My promoter, my boss doesn’t care about me. So this process is kind of exhausting.
Original Story: MMAJunkie