Daniel Cormier wants to be the man to stop the devastating win streak Francis Ngannou is on.
￼Ngannou (15-3) knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in just 20-seconds at UFC 249 this past weekend. The Cameroonian KO artist’s three fights before that all ended in a similar fashion, with wins against former champions such as Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Cormier has been on a mission to get his heavyweight title back since losing it to Stipe Miocic last year. With the coronavirus affecting Miocic’s training￼￼, “DC” said at the UFC 249 post-fight show if Miocic doesn’t fight then he will challenge Ngannou.
“If Stipe won’t fight, then Francis Ngannou has earned a title fight,” Cormier said. “If somebody is fighting Francis Ngannou for the title, it’s going to be me. All respect in the world to Francis Ngannou, but I’m not afraid of anyone. I’ll fight anybody on any planet. (Transcription via MMA Junkie)
“I love Francis, I think he’s a sweetheart person. I would love to do my trilogy with Stipe Miocic, but if Stipe won’t fight, they’re going to take his belt just like Henry (Cejudo) gave up his and they’re going to make a fight between Francis and I for the belt. It’s as simple as that.”
Miocic has since responded to Cormier’s call-out, saying he still wants the trilogy fight and his team is working on a location for him to train at.
I’ve already said I’m going to fight DC. He just likes to make noise. My team is working on securing a training location and dates w UFC. I have five belts at home. I don’t need to sit on anything. If I didn’t have a torn retina, I would’ve already fought & retired @dc_mma . #SM https://t.co/6ZHnd1xhlg— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) May 11, 2020