Francis Ngannou hopes for title shot after UFC 239

Heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou feels that a second crack at UFC gold is in his near future, should he have his hand raised against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 239.

The first time Ngannou fought for the UFC heavyweight title, he took on one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time in Stipe Miocic. Ngannou fell short on this occasion as he was outclassed on the ground and fell victim to continuous ground and pound, losing via unanimous decision.

Miocic defended his title over Ngannou at UFC 220 in January last year.
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Since his disappointing bout against Derrick Lewis, immediately following Ngannou’s title shot, “The Predator” has been back to his terrifying best, defeating his last two opponents in a combined one minute and eleven seconds. These men were no easy bounce-back fights either, they were talented wrestler Curtis Blaydes and former UFC champion Cain Velasquez.

After getting himself back up to number 2 in the heavyweight rankings, another victory over another former champion and heavyweight mainstay Junior Dos Santos would make a very strong case that he deserves another shot at the title. This is something that Ngannou told reporters at the UFC’s recent seasonal press conference:

“After the last fight I thought I would get the title fight back, but it didn’t happen, I don’t know why. I’m so happy to have the fight against Junior. He don’t have the belt, but we all know he’s a champion. We have seen him since he comes back, he looks like a champ… I think after this there will be no issues with the belt, it’s the only thing that makes sense.”

Ngannou believed his first round stoppage of Cain Velasquez would have earned him another shot at the title, but it wasn’t to be.

However, after impressive wins over Derrick Lewis, Tai Tuivasa and UFC newcomer Blagoy Ivanov, Junior Dos Santos may also be in the conversation for a title shot, should he defeat Francis Ngannou. Either way, the stakes are high in this exciting heavyweight matchup and is one to watch at UFC 239.

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