On Saturday evening at UFC 260, we witnessed a brand new, calmer, extra composed Francis Ngannou dethrone Stipe Miocic with ease, knocking out the consensus finest heavyweight champ within the second spherical. The place he was as soon as a excessive octane bulldozer, this Ngannou was an inevitable steamroller, taking its time to roll throughout the Octagon.
After the combat, Ngannou credited his crew and the prolonged coaching interval he had ready on the Miocic combat to lastly come collectively. He additionally credited Stipe, in a means, for kicking his ass the primary time they met in January of 2018.
“That was my largest expertise in fight sports activities,” he mentioned throughout his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “That evening of January 18th was the most important evening of my life. And it’d sound bizarre to say this, however regardless that I didn’t have a belt, I do know I didn’t lose that combat. How I gained my expertise and the way I realized about blended martial arts, my combat IQ, how I handle fights, I had an awesome final result from that combat. It was an awesome profit from that combat and I imagine that profit pushed me, rised me larger to this.”
This time Ngannou didn’t simply win the exchanges on the ft. He additionally outwrestled Stipe of their one grappling alternate, stuffing a takedown after which taking Miocic’s again and dragging him to the mat for some floor and pound.
“In that particular second I didn’t give it some thought as a result of prior to now few months I’ve been stuffing a variety of takedowns and that has been essentially the most a part of my coaching,” Ngannou revealed. “I had a coaching camp earlier than a coaching camp, I’ve been engaged on my wrestling for like six months earlier than the combat. So at that second I didn’t give it some thought. What I considered was how he was in a position to take pictures and nonetheless coming. However I’ve been right here earlier than, he’s powerful, I do know he’s powerful. There’s nothing stunning about it. Don’t get overwhelmed. Relax and reset.”
“I’ve a unique perspective about this, being completely satisfied about my enchancment and the way I can do, my preventing IQ, seeing how I can go on the market being very affected person. I’m additionally completely satisfied about my efficiency, regardless that it didn’t final lengthy. However I’m completely satisfied that I used to be in a position to calm myself and calm myself and say ‘Okay, take heed to what your nook are telling you, settle down, you bought this. You might have 25 minutes, you don’t should rush. It could actually occur any time inside 25 minutes.’”
So the large query now could be what’s subsequent for UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou? Will or not it’s Jon Jones? Derrick Lewis? A Stipe Miocic rubber match?
“I don’t really feel the necessity [to fight Stipe Miocic again]. He mentioned I received’t be the champion till he retires … so perhaps he retires? If not, I’d nonetheless be right down to combat him. I had a loss towards him and he stands as the best heavyweight of all time. So it is sensible to combat him if wanted.”
“Clearly Jon Jones makes extra sense for me,” Ngannou mentioned. “Both means, I’m going to combat. If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to maneuver. And because the new heavyweight champion, I determine to place extra exercise within the division than [Stipe] has prior to now two or three years. … I by no means requested much less. I at all times requested to be lively. And I hope with the belt now I may be extra lively, I can do two to a few fights a yr, in order that’s my intention.”
“I want to combat as quickly as attainable,” he completed. “I’ll be prepared by summer time. July or August.”
Requested if he was prepared to place his foot down and demand the UFC make the Jones combat occur, Ngannou shrugged.
“I may be the champ however I don’t make the decision on the chosen fighter,” he mentioned. “So the UFC decides what actually occurs. However what I need, or what I would love? I would love that.”