Last week in the main event of UFC Minneapolis at the Target Center, former UFC heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou knocked out former UFC heavyweight champion in the first round of UFC on ESPN 3.
With his latest knockout win, Ngannou is now riding on a three-fight winning streak with all of his last three victories coming inside round 1. This win has put Ngannou back in the race to fight for the UFC heavyweight championship which is currently held by Daniel Cormier.
However, Ngannou’s latest knockout streak hasn’t impressed the current champ, Daniel Cormier.
“I think he is a great guy,” Daniel Cormier said of Francis Ngannou in an latest interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. “I like Francis, he is very respectful. But, I think everybody now is… I think everybody now has to take a step back. Because nothings changed. This is the same thing that we saw prior to his title fight. Just remember that.”
Daniel Cormier on Francis Ngannou: "Everyone needs to take a step back because nothing's changed."
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 6, 2019
”You guys have to slow down. You get excited and fall in love with these knockouts. But nothing has changed. He did that to Overeem to earn a title fight. He knocked out all those guys prior. Nothing has changed. As much as I respect him, it is not a fight I would have much hesitation in taking.” Cormier continued.
Daniel Cormier is now fighting Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in a rematch in Honda Center, Anaheim, California.