Francis Ngannou: Maybe Daniel Cormier submits Stipe Miocic this time

UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou awaits his shot at the winner of a title rematch between champ Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic at UFC 241.

The opportunity hasn’t been promised to the African heavyweight. But he’s acting as though he has in the meantime.

“Either Stipe or D.C., I will go there to get that belt,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie at the recent UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Las Vegas.

Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) aims for his second win over ex-champ Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) in 13 months. Ngannou (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) predicts the same outcome when the heavyweights clash again.

“D.C. might win again, but maybe this time by submission,” Ngannou said with a smile. “This is my vision of the fight.”

These days, Ngannou has a new vision for his own career, and so far, it’s gone swimmingly. He’s knocked out three straight opponents, including ex-champs Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.

The shift is the result of a new mindset after a loss to Miocic in a title shot at UFC 220.

“I have a lot of experience about the fight business,” Ngannou said. “I understand how things work. I’m trying to put myself in a good position, to surround myself with good people, and have a good vibe as much as possible. That was what hurt me a lot before I got out of that situation.”

Ngannou might not have the explicit blessing of his promoter, but he’s undeniably at the front of the line to fight for the title. And even more frightening, he’s got his head screwed on straight.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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