“I think the fight that I would like to see is Ngannou against Brock Lesnar”.
It appears as though surging heavyweight Francis Ngannou is treating Stipe Miocic as just another opponent, as the Cameroonian is already looking at possible opponents to face after he dethrones the reigning champion at UFC 220.
One of those opponents, Ngannou says, is former UFC heavyweight champ and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, who was originally hyped to fight fallen pound-for-pound king Jon Jones before ‘Bones’ tested positive for PEDs last year.
Ngannou, who is making final preparations for Saturday’s championship bout with Miocic, says he would love to ‘test’ Lesnar in the Octagon.
“As a challenger, I need and want to fight some people because that would give me the opportunity to get to the title shot,” Ngannou said on WFAN’s ‘Outside the Cage’ podcast on Monday, per Brian Campbell of CBSSports. “[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.”
Unlikely as it may be, a heavyweight clash between Ngannou and Lesnar could be on the UFC’s radar given that Lesnar’s suspension is due to expire. The 40-year-old powerhouse was suspended for one year after testing positive for steroids at UFC 200 and his win over Mark Hunt was overturned to a No Contest.
Ngannou, 31, also called out Lesnar last month and said it would be a dream matchup. ‘The Preadator’ may look to hype a fight with the UFC-WWE hybrid talent in his UFC 220 post-fight interview, depending on the outcome of the Miocic bout.
The highly anticipated pay-per-view takes place this Saturday, Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.