Francis Ngannou was already a rising star to those who follow the UFC religiously, but his highlight reel knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 propelled him to even greater fame. It was Ngannou’s, as Overeem himself dubbed it, “uppercut from Hell” that was replayed countless times on SportsCenter and social media in days following the fight.
With a 11-1 career record, and six straight wins since joining the UFC two years ago, Ngannou is next in line for a shot at Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title. But he’s dreaming even bigger, revealing that he’d love to book a fight against Brock Lesnar.
“I’d always like to see the match between me and Brock Lesnar,” Ngannou said on the Top Turtle MMA Podcast. “Two big dudes. I like that matchup. I’m excited for that kind of match as a fan. … I want to see that match.”
“He’s big,” Ngannou said. “Huge, as you say. But he’s not stronger than me. I’m stronger than him. I’m the best striker in the heavyweight division and the more powerful guy. I’m also a talented guy and I will deal with that very easy.”
Lesnar was a pro wrestling superstar before shocking the world by claiming the UFC heavyweight championship in just his fourth professional MMA fight. He most recently made a one-off return to the sport at UFC 200 in July 2016, beating Mark Hunt by decision (a result that was turned into a no-contest when Lesnar failed a drug test).
While it would be a dream fight for many MMA fans, the chances are slim. Lesnar is now 40-years-old and technically still suspended from MMA after being caught doping for UFC 200. Since he has left active competition, the suspension is still hanging in limbo, and will resume when (and if) he re-entered the USADA drug testing pool.
The Ngannou vs. Miocic matchup has less marquee name power, but is even more anticipated by loyal MMA fans. Miocic is 17-2 and has already bested most of the best heavyweights in the UFC, including Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, and Mark Hunt.
Despite his impressive credentials, Miocic needs to be very concerned about stepping into the ring with a guy who can do this:
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