On a recent edition of the JRE MMA Show Podcast, Joe Rogan asserted that he’d love to see Francis Ngannou train at AKA.
Apparently, Rogan believes that training at the world-renowned American Kickboxing Academy could help Ngannou evolve into a more well-rounded and dangerous fighter than he already is.
Francis Ngannou entered his UFC Heavyweight Championship bout at UFC 220 as the favorite to dethrone reigning champion Stipe Miocic.
However, despite catching Miocic early in the first round, Ngannou succumbed on basis of points to the former’s grappling-heavy game-plan and seemingly superior cardio.
While Ngannou lost a decision to Miocic, he still had his moments throughout the fight—most notably briefly stunning Miocic with a left hook in Round 3.
Veteran MMA commentator and UFC personality Joe Rogan revealed how Francis Ngannou could potentially improve himself—
“He (Ngannou) tried to take Stipe out in the first round. His thought was that Stipe’s not going to be able to survive…Stipe was a very good college wrestler and obviously a bad motherf*****. He took some hard shots too but that’s the thing about Stipe. It’s not just that he knows how to fight, he’s just f****** tough.
”I thought it’s very possible Francis could win this fight, he’s just so scary. I’ve never seen anyone that’s so terrifying with one punch.”
Furthermore, Rogan elucidated on how Francis Ngannou could hone his skills at AKA—
”Those guys are in there, world champions going at it with each other on a daily basis and because of that, that’s what turned them into those f****** monsters that they are today…Francis is just a physical freak but if he was in that camp? Holy s***. One camp in San Jose has some of the best fighters that have ever done the sport.”
Following his loss to Miocic, Francis Ngannou stated that he’s likely to take some time off the sport, in order to focus solely on training and come back stronger.