Ngannou Looks To Title Shot Following Collapse of Junior dos Santos Fight

Published on September 5th, 2017 3:27 pm EST

Francis Ngannou has his sights set high right now - he wants a title shot against Stipe Miocic.

Ngannou, who is one of the fastest rising prospects in the UFC, was originally supposed to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dos Santos would end up getting popped by USADA, which resulted in the fight falling apart. Ngannou was hopeful for a replacement opponent, but none materialized.

With that development, Ngannou has his sights set on a different prize - Stipe Miocic.

As of this moment, Ngannou is the #4 ranked fighter in the UFC's Heavyweight division. Only Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez sit ahead of Ngannou right now.

Alistair Overeem is in the middle of a two fight winning streak and would seem to have the best claim to a title shot, especially given the excitement of his first fight against Miocic. The problem? Overeem lost to Miocic less than one year ago, so putting together a rematch might be unappealing to fans right now.

Fabricio Werdum just lost to Overeem, so he can't really claim a title shot, while Velasquez is currently rehabbing an injury.

You would have to think that the UFC would love to do Miocic vs Velasquez, though Cain's return date is uncertain.


Francis Ngannou may have a point - maybe he does deserve a title shot.

Unless the UFC wants to do Overeem vs MIocic II, Ngannou vs Miocic may make the most sense right now.

Stipe Miocic has some ongoing contract issues with the UFC that will need to be ironed out before any title fight is discussed. Miocic is angry due to the fact that he has received less money than his opponent in his last two fights, and he wants that to change.