‘I Would Like to Fight as Soon as Possible’- Francis Ngannou Eager for His Next Fight

Published 03/29/2021, 6:13 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 29: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon is interviewed after defeating Junior Dos Santos of Brazil by TKO in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Target Center on June 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


History got re-written at UFC 260 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas as Francis Ngannou crowed as the new UFC heavyweight champion.

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‘The Predator’ dispatched Stipe Miocic in quick time to realize his dream and cap off an incredible journey to the pinnacle of the division as he knocked out Miocic with a left hook from hell in the second round itself in stunning fashion.

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This was their rematch from 2018, where Miocic got the better of Ngannou, but this time ‘The Predator’ learned the lessons from his previous fight. He looked calm and composed and seemed to be even more dangerous as he stalked his prey.

Following his quick win, UFC fans will be keen to know when he would enter the octagon next.

Francis Ngannou says he would be ready in a few months for the next fight

In a post-match interview, Ngannou said, “I would like to fight as soon as possible,” as he targeted July or August of this year for his next fight. For now, he says he wants to give rest to his body after the “very long training” he underwent to prepare for his fight against Miocic.

Ngannou eyes Jon Jones next as his challenger

UFC President Dana White had earlier said that Jon Jones will meet the winner of UFC 260 and it’s clear who he will face now. The fight could happen later this year, and that could be an intense battle to watch out for.

Asked about the prospect of facing Jon Jones next, Ngannou said, “A challenge I would take, good for my resume.” He further said this time he’s the champion and ‘Bones’ Jones is the challenger and he is looking forward to the fight.

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Jon Jones is making the long-awaited move from light heavyweight to heavyweight. He has been a veteran in the latter and his record of 26-1 including 10 KOs speaks volumes of his caliber.

He is now the No.1 ranked UFC pound-for-pound fighter after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement. ‘The Predator’ has shaken the rankings up after his stunning victory and is hungry for more. And fans will hope that he is truly ready as soon as possible as they want to see the top-ranked P4P fighter fight the best heavyweight in the UFC.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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