Francis Ngannou: There will be no more holding up the heavyweight division
Francis Ngannou became the baddest man on the planet on Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 260, knocking out Stipe Miocic in dramatic fashion early in Round 2. He talked about what happened, and what may be next, at the post-fight press conference.
“The goal, the game plan was to be relaxed, not to rush at all, calm down,” said Ngannou. “Because my team they know that’s the moment that I have the best of myself when I’m relaxed. I’m not rushing to cut [off] someone’s head.”
It was expected that the winner of the fight would face Jon Jones, who relinquished his light heavyweight belt to take a run at heavyweight. But Jones and UFC president Dana White are publicly bickering of purses, and White says the next fight could be vs. #2 contender Derrick Lewis; “The Black Beast” won their first fight, setting up a natural storyline, on top of the simple fact that the pair are the hardest hitters in UFC history. Or there could be a trilogy fight with Miocic.
“Well, I think Jon Jones makes more sense for me but either way, I’m going to fight,” said Ngannou. “If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to move. As the new heavyweight champion, I decided to move on, put more activity in the division than [Stipe] has been in the past two or three years.
“I might be the champ but I don’t make the call. I’m just a fighter. So the UFC decides what really happens. But for what I want or what I like, yes, I would like that [fight vs. Jones].”
“I always asked to be active. I hope with the belt now, I’m going to be more active. I’m going to be able to do two or three fights per year so that’s my intention moving forward.”
“I’m definitely going to take some time off. Knowing that I’ve been in a very long training camp, I was very exhausted at some point. But I would like to fight as soon as possible. So I’ll be ready by summer, July or August, I think.”
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