Ortega Looks To Bury ‘Korean Zombie’, LIVE! We're officially 0-for-3 between UFC 249's postponement and a pair of positive COVID-19 tests in August for Cuțelaba. 1 contender Francis Ngannou … 1 contender Francis Ngannou wants a rematch with the UFC heavyweight champion, and recently said he spoke to the UFC and asked to fight on Dec. 12 at UFC 256. "When I look back to that fight, I see a lot of opportunities that I could have had if I really was well prepared.". Imagine Ferguson against any of the top 170-pound fighters in the world. Same with Yair Rodriguez. That would be highly, highly entertaining. Ngannou is currently the #1 ranked heavyweight and #15 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. Until then, they should both avoid black cats, ladders and mirrors poorly secured. Anderson Silva discusses his fight vs. Uriah Hall and says it could be the final one of his storied career. Make McGregor vs. Poirier the five-round main event, with the flyweights benefiting from being on the same card in the co-main. Lewis vs Ngannou at UFC 226 was expected to be filled with fireworks. 5:00 Francis Ngannou came into his bout with Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, at UFC 220 tonight (Sat., Jan. 20, 2018) inside TD Garden in Boston, Mass., billed as the “next big, totally terrifying thing” thanks in large part to six straight finishes to start his career inside the Octagon ... most of them devastating knockouts. Ngannou was just winging wild punches, giving Miocic an opening to crack him with a solid straight right hand. Et voila! But Hall? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Miocic — somehow an underdog coming into the fight — utterly dominated Ngannou en route to making UFC history, becoming the first-ever Heavyweight in the history of the promotion to successfully defend the belt three consecutive times. Tony Ferguson would no doubt love a title shot. I'll believe Ankalaev and Cuțelaba will share the Octagon at UFC 254 for a proper uninterrupted fight when the door shuts behind them and Bruce Buffer steps out of the way. Francis Ngannou is next in line to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Ngannou has a date in mind for when the title bout could go down.. • Saturday, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Subscribe to ESPN+ to get exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White's Contender Series; and more exclusive MMA content. Ngannou came out firing, peppering the champ with nasty overhand shots. "Shogun" is only 38, but he's at the same place in his vaunted career as Silva is in his. Surprisingly, Ngannou had very less to offer in response. Remember the MMA gods' creativity in interrupting Khabib-Tony? As soon as the pandemic eases, here's hoping the UFC treats its Brazilian fans to a clash of all-time greats. @mpodo on Twitter, This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Decision - Unanimous Would beating Jung be enough for Ortega to earn another crack at the title? Miocic drilled him with a clean cross, then a takedown at the bell, as the crowd roared to its collective feet. The five-round unanimous decision included Miocic having the advantage in strikes — 200 to 33 — and significant strikes — 70 to 21. Despite being a scary knockout artist, Miocic can counter and put his rival on the ground in the blink of an eye. ‘They Don’t Test For Marijuana’. If Stipe Miocic intends to defend his heavyweight belt again in 2020, there seems to be an open window for that. It would take nothing less than a miracle to stop Miocic from hitting the canvas if Ngannou gets in a clean jab. And yet, I'm not ready to declare that Hall is too much for even this humdrum version of Silva to handle. By continuing to use the site, you accept our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Miocic was just too well-round, too game and too damn good to let that happen. Even the original meeting landing on Leap Day for the first time in UFC history makes it more bizarre. • Prelims: ESPN+, 4 p.m. I'm pretty confident the winner of this fight will face Volkanovski next, especially since he's been pretty adamant he does not intend to fight Holloway again right away. Ferguson could perform similarly -- he had a much better lightweight run than either of those two. There's no reason -- other than belief in the power of positive thinking -- that UFC 254 will prove the one to work. He was overmatched even in his most recent fight, a first-round TKO loss to Jared Cannonier in May 2019. Since then, it's been a turnaround. Ngannou was winging huge punches, pulling them from his hip, which Miocic was able to see coming and duck under. Ortega, meanwhile, hasn't fought in nearly two years since losing a featherweight championship bout to Max Holloway. Francis Ngannou . 5 Rnd (5-5-5-5-5) Mike DeWine plots next steps in coronavirus pandemic fight, Chris' Restaurant on the Lake uses shutdown to give Lorain eatery a new look, Boo-Thru at Lorain County Metro Parks set to start, Elyria man accused of paying for pizza with counterfeit bills, Elyria Schools confirms first positive COVID-19 case, Chuck 'Boomer' Bryant — former Lorain County official, area coach, Ohio State player — dies at 80, Lorain man arrested after taunting and threatening officers, police say, North Olmsted vs. Avon football game off; Eagles looking to host Perrysburg, Elyria man charged with robbery of Family Dollar, Lorain Police investigating two unrelated shooting incidents. Francis Ngannou . “I just like the challenge,” Miocic told The News-Herald in January about boxing. UFC 220 results live: Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou full fight recap of Heavyweight pay-per-view (PPV) main event championship bout tonight (Sat. Francis Ngannou has been on a vengeance in his road back to title contention.. After dropping back-to-back fights to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis, Ngannou (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) rebounded emphatically with two straight knockouts over Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez, both in under a minute. Thus, the highly anticipated rematch between Miocic and Ngannou is certainly one for the history books. Watch: Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou- … By: MMA Junkie Staff. He needed a Hail Mary knockout to pull out a come-from-behind victory, but it never came. Next time my hand is raised in the Octagon, it will be the belt being wrapped around my waist. However, Miocic completely dominated Ngannou in their UFC 220  face-off to win the fight. ET. Miocic earned a convincing unanimous decision win over Ngannou in January 2018. It's impossible to know if the weight cut played a factor, but Ferguson cut the weight twice in a three-week stretch. Ferguson will turn 37 in February, although he looks far from being over the hill. A few shots on the ground, and the referee had seen enough. #thepredator #UNCROWNEDCHAMP, A post shared by Francis Ngannou (@francisngannou) on Aug 8, 2020 at 10:30am PDT. The challenger used his 83-inch reach to stay on the outside, but connect on lefts and rights. Directly addressing whether the Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cuțelaba rematch will finally happen feels like tempting the MMA gods. He walks around well north of 155 pounds, of course. I'd then book Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier on the Nov. 21 card and keep the Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez flyweight title bout on the 255 card. Leading with 70 strikes and six takedowns, Miocic is the only one to dominate Ngannou in the octagon. But there are only so many of those steep cuts you can make. ... Stipe Miocic (R) ... Miocic is coming off a brutal five-round trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier in August. But in no way is he a mismatch for Silva. mpodolski@news-herald.com Another first-round finish and statement made by “The Predator.” Ngannou, who’s been itching to get another crack at the title, will face Jairzinho Rozenstruik next in what could very well be a No. Ariel Helwani and Marc Raimondi look at which fights can headline UFC 256 with Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns being postponed. Real or not: Miocic-Ngannou at UFC 256? But Silva deserves a swan-song showcase against a fellow legend of similar vintage. "I'm expecting to have that date," said Ngannou. Starting from the very first round, Miocic out-wrestled Ngannou and took him down several times. By continuing to use the site, you accept our, Stipe Miocic and his team savoring huge trilogy win over Daniel Cormier, UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic beats Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision, solidifies his GOAT status, Ohio Gov. 5 OK. You have permission to edit this article. ET UFC Fight Night viewers guide: In long-awaited return, will Brian Ortega be better than ever? Yeah, I have to just sit down with the UFC and see what they think …You know how it works, it’s all discussion first.”. Instead, it turned out to be a boring contest, with Lewis notching the win by way of unanimous decision. He vows if and when he fight Miocic again it will be different. Brian Ortega describes the timeline of when he started to want more from his training camp and ulimately why he decided to make a change. Silva shouldn't have been fed to Israel Adesanya, who was 14 years younger and in his prime, when they met last February. But welterweight could be a realistic option. 44 - 50. Since Ngannou and Lewis are both elite knockout artists, they did not take the risk to play their strongest card against the other back in 2018. 44 - 50. Wagenheim: Silva was once the greatest fighter in the world and the most intoxicating to watch. Ngannou was able to land a nice uppercut, compelling Miocic once again to get the fight back to the ground. Speaking of potential fireworks, Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event should not lack for excitement, with top featherweight contenders Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung -- better known as "The Korean Zombie" -- squaring off. Ferguson instead took on Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship and lost, snapping his 12-fight win streak. There's no doubt a crossover boxing match would likely provide Miocic, his camp and family a huge payday against the likes of Fury or Joshua. “I know what I’m doing in the ring. Ngannou opened the action with a left high kick that was blocked, which Miocic used to maneuver for a takedown. 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Raimondi: The idea is definitely worth considering. There are two guys who were middle-of-the-pack lightweights and then made moves up to welterweight over the past few years: Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. Ngannou could barely peel himself off the canvas after the end of round four, a round in which he didn’t appear to land a single strike. A message left for Miocic by The News-Herald asking if he intends to fight again in 2020 was not returned, but Mioicc has said on countless occasions he would not shy away from any fight, and not just inside the octagon. Is Stipe Miocic the Only One Who Can Defeat Francis Ngannou?

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