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Werdum bets on Ngannou KO over Miocic, welcomes bout against winner in April

Fabricio Werdum believes Francis Ngannou will become the new heavyweight champion and would like to fight him for the belt.

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Fabricio Werdum
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Former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, will be watching closely as Stipe Miocic will try to defend the belt against rising star Francis Ngannou, in January at UFC 220. That is, of course, because Werdum is very interested in fighting the winner, who he believes will be Ngannou, as he told Portal do Vale Tudo.

“Ngannou has a lot of power, but I don’t think he’s very technical. However, I still believe he’ll surprise Miocic and knock him out. They both enjoy trading shots, so if Miocic doesn’t have the right strategy, that big black guy will knock him out. Ngannou is very confident and that can make a difference, if he really connects, you’re going down, as we saw with Overeem.”

“I can already see myself submitting him, though, and becoming champion again. That’s my goal, to have a third belt on my wall and I really do believe it’ll happen. I’m sure I’m next. I’ll be waiting for him in April or so.”

Fabricio Werdum is on a two-fight winning streak, with victories over the likes of Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura. Miocic is expected to fight Ngannou at UFC 220, in Boston on January 20.