The UFC’s newest ‘scariest man alive’ contender has his sights set on a fight that would be earth-shattering in more ways than one.
The Cameroon native, hyped to the hilt by UFC president Dana White and the promotion’s marketing machine, made his first pay-per-view appearance at the weekend. Ngannou lived up to his fearsome reputation at UFC 218, knocking out perennial contender Alastair Overeem with a terrifying uppercut just two minutes in.
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A suitably impressed Dana White confirmed afterwards that ‘The Predator’ would get the next shot at Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight belt early next year – a tremendous event in its own right.
However, the 31-year-old told the Top Turtle Podcast that he’s looking even further ahead to the biggest name in the sport outside of Conor McGregor.
“I’d always like to see the match between me and Brock Lesnar,” Ngannou said on the show (via MMAFighting). “Two big dudes. I like that matchup. I’m excited for that kind of match as a fan. Like I want to see that match.”
“He’s big and huge, as you say. But he’s not stronger than me. I’m stronger than him. I’m the best striker in the heavyweight division, and the more powerful guy. I’m also a talented guy and I will deal with that very easy.”
Lesnar, of course, is a former UFC heavyweight champion, and was a serious pay-per-view draw at the turn of the decade, with no less than four PPV’s garnering over one million buys, given the star power derived from his WWE exploits. He returned to the MMA fold in 2016, facing Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in a hugely anticipated comeback which he won by unanimous decision.
‘The Beast’ subsequently tested positive for clomiphene, a banned substance, was fined $250k and suspended for one year. Though he informed the UFC of his second retirement from the sport earlier this year, the current WWE Universal Champion has been linked with a third return in recent months.
His contract with the WWE is reportedly up next year, but Lesnar would require a number of months in order to sufficiently re-enter the USADA testing pool.
In order to maximise it’s colossal nature, such a fight would be dependent on Ngannou defeating Miocic whenever that fight occurs. On Lesnar’s end, the heavyweight rankings wouldn’t stand in his way of getting an immediate title shot.
With Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, and possibly Conor McGregor now out of the picture for the foreseeable future, the UFC may feel compelled to call on their old reliable.