Francis Ngannou might have lost some of the considerable hype he brought into UFC 220 but with his next matchup, he may well have the perfect opportunity to remind the world exactly how lethal he can be.
January’s UFC 220, though certainly an entertaining show, stood as a sobering reminder to the world on the dangers of hype. While the fight-card wasn’t exactly stacked top-to-bottom with stars, the pair of bouts that made up the main and co-main event slots were billed as featuring the possible emergence of two bright new talents in the sport’s two heaviest divisions.
In the co-main event, the meteoric rise of the hotly-tipped Volkan Oezdemir was brought to a crashing halt by the mighty Daniel Cormier, in what amounted to a dominant performance by the legendary Olympian. But, for many, it was clash of the heavyweights in the top-spot that promised to be the unmissable spectacle of the night.
Stipe Miocic, with history within his reach, put a grappling clinic on the hard-handed Frenchman and in doing so, doubled down on the idea that could well have been seen as the moral of the UFC 220 story. Like Cormier put it to Volkan just prior to their matchup, there are indeed levels to this.
So for Ngannou, who so clearly gassed himself out while showing his glaring inadequacies on the mat, it seems as though he must take a trip back to the drawing board. Thankfully, following the UFC Austin knockout win for Derrick Lewis over Marcin Tybura, it looks as though the perfect comeback fight has made itself available.
The Predator against The Black Beast. Two of the division’s most dangerous knockout artists, boasting two of the division’s most suspect gastanks. I’d say bet the house on a knockout in this one.
Although, that’s exactly what Miocic/Ngannou failed to deliver.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena