After Francis Ngannou ruined Cain Velasquez’s grand return to the Octagon on Sunday night, the heavyweight contender has his eyes on wrecking what could be Daniel Cormier’s last fight before retirement.
While Ngannou called out the champ in his post-fight press conference, an unknowing Cormier made it clear if Ngannou is next on his list, he’ll mow him down just like he has his last three opponents.
“But Francis Ngannou, who didn’t ask for a fight, maybe later he will, and if that’s something we decide we want to do, then that’s what I’ll do,” Cormier said on ESPN Sunday night, according to MMA Fighting.
“I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou. I will beat Francis Ngannou.”
Before anyone gets lost in the potential build of a Ngannou-Cormier title fight, UFC president Dana White was quick to quell the hype, announcing Ngannou is not currently next in line for a title fight.
“Cormier’s hurt right now and we have another fight lined up for Cormier first so, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out,” White said on ESPN, per MMA Fighting.
As for who that opponent would be, White refused to comment.
“(Cormier) is not healthy yet so I would never announce a fight without it being done,” White said. “It makes no sense. I don’t even know when Cormier’s gonna be ready.”