HomeUFCDaniel Cormier is a ‘worse matchup for Ngannou’ than Jon Jones, says former UFC heavyweight champion
Daniel Cormier is a ‘worse matchup for Ngannou’ than Jon Jones, says former UFC heavyweight champion
April 6, 2021
Though Daniel Cormier is gladly retired, one former UFC heavyweight champion believes he’s a worse matchup for Francis Ngannou than Jon Jones is.
At UFC 260, Ngannou turned the brand new heavyweight champion as he scored a second-round KO over Stipe Miocic to win the belt. For Pedro Rizzo, he says he was shocked with the outcome as he thought Miocic was the higher fighter.
“I’ve to confess that I used to be anticipating [Stipe] Miocic to maintain the title. I assumed he would take extra dangers so as to get [Francis] Ngannou to the bottom however he didn’t,” Rizzo stated to Sherdog. “After all 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 saved the belt.”
Though Ngannou appeared spectacular within the combat as he stuffed Miocic’s takedowns. Many puzzled if anybody would beat him and lots of pointed to Jon Jones because the more than likely to defeat him. Nevertheless, in accordance with Rizzo, he says Cormier has a greater likelihood of beating Ngannou than Jones does.
“Jones used to have issues with fighters of comparable vary, as we might see towards [Alexander] Gustafsson and [Dominick] Reyes. Even gaining some weight, he isn’t a pure heavyweight with one-punch knockout energy. I really imagine that if Daniel Cormier is ready to get in form once more, he could be the more serious matchup for Ngannou,” Rizzo stated.
Why Pedro Rizzo believes Daniel Cormier would beat Francis Ngannou is easy as he factors to the Derrick Lewis and Rumble Johnson fights.
“Good examples of which might be his combat towards Derrick Lewis and each towards Anthony Johnson, two beasts with spectacular knockout energy, and neither might keep on their ft for too lengthy towards DC,” Rizzo stated. “Cormier simply doesn’t settle for the standup combat, that´s why I imagine he could be such a foul matchup for Ngannou.”
Though Rizzo thinks Cormier is a foul matchup for Ngannou, it’s unlikely the combat will ever occur.
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