Francis Ngannou Guarantees ‘Issues Will Be Completely different’ At UFC 260

Francis Ngannou believes he has put within the work to make sure the result might be completely different in his rematch with Stipe Miocic.

Ngannou and Miocic first clashed at UFC 220 in January 2018. Going into the combat, Ngannou had torn by way of the heavyweight division, choosing up six straight stoppages with out seeing the third spherical. Nevertheless, all that momentum got here to a screeching halt when he was pressured to spend virtually everything of the title combat beneath Miocic, consuming pictures on the best way to a transparent determination loss.

Throughout the UFC 260 pre-fight press convention, Ngannou gave Miocic his due credit score, however stated it’s laborious for him to even watch that efficiency again (H/T MMA Combating).

“Clearly, I’m not taking credit score off Stipe, he was the higher fighter that night time, however after I take a look at that combat, I don’t acknowledge myself,” Ngannou stated. “Even the best way that I’m preventing, the best way that I’m speeding, that man regarded like me, however I don’t acknowledge that type.

“Additionally, I did loads of errors main as much as that combat. I wasn’t even there myself. I didn’t even have emotion in that combat. I don’t know. I used to be simply there, [a] lack of emotion. This time issues might be completely different. I had sufficient time, me and my group we put every part proper, and I feel it’s going to be proper.”

After following the Miocic loss with an especially lackluster efficiency towards Derrick Lewis, Ngannou made the shift to begin working with the coaches at Xtreme Couture full-time. The transfer has paid dividends, as Ngannou has since knocked out his final 4 opponents in lower than three minutes mixed. On prime of that, Ngannou believes they’ve addressed the holes in his video games, most notably his takedown protection and cardio.

“There’s distinction in all the elements,” Ngannou stated about his enhancements. “I keep in mind main as much as that combat, I used to be fascinated with the way it feels to combat a [five]-round combat. I had loads of questions unanswered. I didn’t have any expertise on that. Even when I misplaced that night time, I got here again, there was part of me who wasn’t pleased however glad for the truth that I can do it. If I make it proper, I can get there.

“I don’t have that concern anymore. I had a greater preparation this time and I’ve that have. I put some good work on my wrestling, jiu-jitsu, even putting so I feel talent sensible, I’ve improved quite a bit and I nonetheless have loads of locations to maneuver on this sport. I could also be 34 years previous, however I consider that I’m very younger on this sport and I’ve loads of locations to develop.”

Due to the enhancements he’s made, the narrative heading into the Miocic rematch stays the identical because it was earlier than their first assembly over three years in the past: Francis Ngannou is an unstoppable drive destined to rule over the division for years to come back. The truth is, individuals appear so certain of an Ngannou victory that they’re already arguing over what his subsequent combat might be. Will Miocic be given an opportunity to finish the trilogy? Or will Jon Jones get a right away title shot in his new division? Even UFC president Dana White doesn’t appear to have a solution.

“We’ll see what occurs,” White stated. “We’ll see how this factor performs out. It will be robust to say no, [Stipe Miocic] doesn’t deserve the rematch. In fact [he deserves it]. Yeah, I don’t know.”

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