Dana White Comments On Plans For Francis Ngannou

Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou - UFC Logo

Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou - UFC Logo

  • Francis Ngannou has won four-straight fights via knockout. 
  • He’s now the top contender in the heavyweight division. 
  • The UFC has finally announced their plans for Francis Ngannou.

The UFC heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will officially take place on August 15th. Francis Ngannou is waiting patiently to see who will come out on top. This week, UFC President Dana White spoke to the media about the plans for Francis Ngannou.

After recording four-straight knockout victories, everyone agrees that Francis Ngannou is the rightful contender to the heavyweight belt. He’s in an unusual position, waiting for the trilogy fight between Stipe and DC to take place. Now is the perfect time to look at what Dana White has planned for Ngannou over the next six months.

Francis Ngannou Establishes Himself As Clear #1 Contender at Heavyweight

Over the past two decades, MMA fans have seen some scary heavyweights emerge. Perhaps no fighter in this history of the sport is quite as terrifying as Francis Ngannou. His power is unlike anything we’ve seen and has led the Cameroonian to 11 knockouts out of his 15 wins.

Ngannou’s talent was apparent from his first bout in the UFC. He seemed to improve with every single bout and eventually earned a shot at the championship. Nearly all UFC betting experts listed Francis as the favorite heading into the fight with Miocic.

This title shot proved to be too much, too soon for Ngannou. Miocic won the fight via unanimous decision and Ngannou went on to lose a second-straight fight against Derrick Lewis next. Since that time, he’s looked unstoppable with four knockout victories, two of which came against former champions.

After his most recent win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, many felt that Ngannou would earn a shot at the title. Unfortunately for Francis, Stipe Miocic needs to take on Daniel Cormier to complete their trilogy. This is likely one of the biggest heavyweight fights in recent history.

Ngannou is in a very unusual position. He’s the clear number-one contender in the division. It may be months before he gets to fight for the title, though. Officials within the UFC recognize that Ngannou is a star and are now discussing plans for his future.

Here’s a Quick Update on the Plans for Francis Ngannou

During his second fight with Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic suffered a torn retina. He’s the champion, yet was stuck on the sidelines waiting for his injury to heal. After months of verbal sparring with Cormier, Miocic has agreed to defend his title once again on August 15th.

This should be a highly exciting bout. Both Miocic and Cormier hold wins over one another. Not even the best MMA analysts can say how the third fight will play out. In the meantime, Francis Ngannou continues to train.

Recently, UFC President Dana White was guest on the Schmozone Podcast with Dave Schmulenson and Helen Yee. White briefly discussed the company’s plans for Francis Ngannou. He claims Francis could serve as an alternate in case either Cormier or Stipe get injured in the leadup to their bout.

“Yea we’ve talked to him about that. I don’t know where we are on those talks. But yea if one of those guys (Cormier and Miocic) fell out, we’ll be looking to put Francis in there,” he said.

It’s exciting news for MMA fans. DC and Miocic are both up there in age and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see one of them fall out. If that happens, “The Predator” will be waiting for his chance to shine.

Anything can happen in MMA. If Francis is unable to fight DC or Miocic, he may have another blockbuster fight in his future.

Fans Continue to Call for Ngannou vs. Jon Jones

It’s safe to say that Francis Ngannou is now one of the biggest stars in MMA. Not many fighters are eager for a chance to face him inside the cage. Just a few weeks ago, fans were shocked to see light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones challenge Ngannou to a bout at heavyweight.

It seemed like both of these men were ready to accept the bout. Unfortunately, the UFC was unwilling to increase their fight purses. Jones then took to social media to announce he was “retiring” from the sport.

Not many feel this retirement is real. In fact, fans and analysts believe it’s a negotiation tactic for Jones to increase his fight purse. Just about everyone wants to see Jones vs. Ngannou and it would be unusual for the UFC not to put this bout together.

The UFC seems to have its own plans for Francis Ngannou. Whether that means a shot at the title or a superfight against Jon Jones is not entirely known. We’re likely to hear more about the knockout artist’s future over the next few weeks.

Fight fans are in for a real treat this summer. The UFC is scheduled to host a huge number of events over the next two months. That includes a massive Pay-Per-View event with three title fights on July 11th.

Do you want to see Ngannou fight for the title? Will the bout with Jon Jones ever come together? Let us know in the comments section below!

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