Francis Ngannou will have the biggest fight of his MMA career this weekend at UFC 220 when he takes on Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship inside the TD Garden in Boston. However, he already has his eyes on who he would like to fight next.
The Cameroonian-French fighter made a statement in his last fight against Alistair Overeem with a brutal first-round knockout at UFC 218, and in turn alongside his amazing MMA record so far, he was awarded a Heavyweight Championship fight.
This fight will be Ngannou’s first-ever title fight of his UFC career, while Miocic will be defending the Heavyweight Championship for the third time since he won it by defeating Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in May 2016.
Despite not being the current title holder, The Predator is the odds-on favourite in his fight against the current UFC Heavyweight champion, meaning he could cause an upset this Saturday night, and he has even bigger ambitions for beyond this weekend as well.
Ngannou said that after his fight with Miocic at UFC 220, he wants to test former UFC Heavyweight champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon.
Ngannou said on WFAN’s ‘Outside the Cage’ podcast on Monday, via Brian Campbell of CBSSports: “As a challenger, I need and want to fight some people because that would give me the opportunity to get to the title shot.
"[But] as a champion, I think you are going to see them come. Also, I think the fight that I would like to see is Ngannou against Brock Lesnar. It’s not my deal, it’s the UFC’s deal. He’s a very huge guy and seems like a very powerful guy. I want to test him.”
This isn't the first time which Ngannou has talked about Lesnar, as he called out Lesnar last month and said it would be a dream matchup. With this in mind, there's a strong chance he calls out Lesnar again in his post-fight interview at UFC 220, depending on whether or not he is UFC Heavyweight champion.
The 40-year-old did receive a year suspension after testing positive for steroids at UFC 200 and his win over Mark Hunt was overturned to a No Contest. That suspension is due to expire soon, so a clash between Ngannou and Lesnar could be on UFC's mind if they want to create another super fight.
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