Former UFC heavyweight Pedro Rizzo believes Daniel Cormier could be a foul matchup for Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou lately grew to become the brand new heavyweight champion following a formidable second-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 late final month.
That in itself was a shocking outcome for Rizzo.
“I’ve to confess that I used to be anticipating [Stipe] Miocic to maintain the title,” Rizzo informed Sherdog. “I believed he would take extra dangers with a view to get [Francis] Ngannou within the groundm however he didn’t.
“In fact Francis deserves all of the credit score, however I nonetheless see Miocic as a extra well-rounded fighter and if he used a much less predictable technique, he would have stored the belt.”
The eye now has been completely on Jon Jones and whether or not he’ll find yourself dealing with Ngannou subsequent.
And whereas the jury is out as as to whether Jones is genuinely asking for extra pay or is simply frightened of Ngannou, Rizzo believes the previous’s heated rival in Cormier could be a foul matchup for the latter.
“Jones used to have issues with fighters of comparable vary, as we may see in opposition to [Alexander] Gustafsson and [Dominick] Reyes. Even gaining some weight, he isn’t a pure heavyweight with one-punch knockout energy,” Rizzo defined. “I really consider that if Daniel Cormier is ready to get in form once more, he could be the worst matchup for Ngannou.
“Good examples of which can be his combat in opposition to Derrick Lewis and each in opposition to Anthony Johnson, two beasts with spectacular knockout energy, and neither may keep on their ft for too lengthy in opposition to DC. Cormier simply doesn’t settle for the standup combat, that´s why I consider he could be such a foul matchup for Ngannou.”
In fact, Cormier is fortunately retired now following his trilogy defeat to Miocic at UFC 252 in August final yr. Nevertheless, it’s arduous to argue in opposition to his possibilities.
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