And if he’s successful, Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) is pretty sure he won’t need to give Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) an immediate rematch, either.
Ngannou challenges Miocic for the heavyweight title in the UFC 220 main event, which takes place at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
“How many contenders are in the division right now waiting?” Ngannou posited Wednesday after a workout in Boston. “So I don’t think right away they would just give the rematch to someone who lost. But if he’s there, I’m going to fight everyone. I don’t have a choice in it – I’m open to fight everyone. It doesn’t matter. But I don’t think he’ll be the first one to be a contender again (if I beat him).”
Ngannou didn’t say who he thought that next contender might be. First, he has to go through the champion, who will attempt to become the first heavyweight champion in UFC history with three straight title defenses.
That could be considered an historical indictment on the turnover of the heavyweight division’s elite, but also of just how competitive the weight class is at the highest level.
Ngannou, who less than two months ago brutally knocked out Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 to earn the title shot, believes he’s the next big thing at heavyweight – and that his scary power will continue against Miocic.
“If I was Stipe, I should be afraid of what’s coming Saturday night,” Ngannou said. “It’s a huge challenge – one he’s never faced. I don’t want to go five rounds, but if I have to go, I will go. I trained for five rounds. But I’m not looking to go five rounds. That’s not in my game plan. (My game plan) is to finish the fight quickly and go back home – maybe have a party.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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