Francis Ngannou’s Not Happy Sitting on The Sidelines, Waiting on Next Bout
It's still not known when and who Francis Ngannou is going to fight next, and the feared, heavyweight slugger's tired of waiting to find out.
Francis Ngannou has repeatedly argued he’s earned another shot at the UFC’s heavyweight crown. But, now the heavy-handed fighter’s reporting he’s pretty frustrated by the fact it’s still not clear when and who he’ll fight next.
Ngannou’s return to the title shot mix
After going 6-0 to begin his UFC run, Ngannou was tapped to fight heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic in January, 2018. The latter won that fight via unanimous decision, however, and in Ngannou’s next bout, he lost via decision to Derrick Lewis in a bout that was widely panned.
Although some folks started to write Ngannou off as a contender, after UFC 226, “The Predator” has violently proven those people wrong. Since the loss to Lewis, Ngannou has taken out Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. He did so in under three minutes total…
Ngannou’s recent comments
Well, due to that recent run, Ngannou’s vehemently argued he deserves another shot at the belt. While it’s hard to argue with that, the UFC is hoping to book a rubber match between Daniel Cormier and Miocic. So, what’s next for Ngannou?
Well, while talking to MMA Junkie recently, Ngannou had this to say:
“They have to do something with me,” Ngannou said. “OK, so what is that? I want the damn answer. I want to know what’s my position. I want to know what I’m doing here. I’m the No. 2 (heavyweight), and everyone is booked. I’m just here looking like, I don’t know, some guy desperate to get a fight.”
“Actually, in my position, the only fight I’ll be running to is the title – but I don’t know if they want to make me run to any fight,” Ngannou said. “Also, I wanted to fight before the end of the year. Like, it doesn’t matter who that is. I have to fight because I get that you guys don’t give much. But even though they don’t care, it’s kind of frustrating. Right now, it’s not something that I’m very happy to talk about. It’s been an exhausting process.”
“It’s very frustrating right now, and I kind of (have to) think what to do, what is possible,” Ngannou said. “The only guy in the top 10 that is available right now, as I saw, is Shamil (Abdurakhimov). But Shamil just lost against Curtis Blaydes. Curtis Blaydes doesn’t have a fight, and I fought him twice already. So it’s not some fight that I’m looking for. And that’s all. They said I could wait to see what’s going on Nov. 9, to see maybe if (Alexander) Volkov beats ‘JDS.’ But the problem – first of all, that’s not a fight I’m looking for. And second of all, Volkov turned this fight down twice…”
Volkov is booked to fight dos Santos on November 9th and Harris is booked to fight Alistair Overeem on December 7th. So, could a bout with either Volkov or Harris be next for Ngannou? If they win their respective match-ups?