Joe Rogan speculates on why Francis Ngannou struggled at UFC 220

UFC 218: Overeem v Ngannou

Francis Ngannou has a way of coming off as a monster when he competes in the Octagon, but outside of the cage, he comes off completely different as he is quiet, soft-spoken, humble man.

Ngannou officially earned the title shot after his bout when he picked up a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem that left the veteran unconscious on the canvas for several minutes at UFC 218.

Miocic also defeated Overeem when he scored a first-round knockout over the longtime MMA star last year at UFC 203.

The champion is coming into this bout having won five consecutive fights by knocking his opponents out. However, his opponent is no stranger to doing the same.

With his quick rise to the top of the division, many fight fans and media reporters including UFC President Dana White believed that Ngannou would be the next potential superstar of the division.

However, that wasn’t the case as seen at Saturday’s UFC 220 PPV (pay-per-view) event at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on pay-per-view, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic successfully retained his title in the main event by scoring a dominant decision win over the title contender.

The main card aired on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir for the light heavyweight title served as the co-main event. Rounding out the five bout main card was Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout, Francimar Barroso vs. Gian Villante in a light heavyweight bout, and Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font in a bantamweight bout.

Ngannou was gassed after the first round and lost in a lopsided fashion. Following the fight, Ngannou made it known that this fight was a major learning experience for him.

“Before, everyone was saying, ‘Oh my God, he’s in tremendous shape, everything is amazing,’” Joe Rogan said on a recent episode of the JRE MMA Show podcast, per MMA Junkie. “Then afterwards it’s like, ‘Oh, he doesn’t train on the ground.’ What? He doesn’t train on the ground? They go, ‘All he wants to do is strike.’ You can’t let him do that. You can’t let him.

“He’s going to fight a Division-I wrestler,” he continued. “How is he going to do this? How is he going to stand up? He’s going to magically get up? You have to train it.”

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