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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier says he won’t fight, he will beat Francis Ngannou

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Daniel Cormier is very loyal to his teammates, and had to admit that Francis Ngannou’s knockout of his teammate and friend Cain Velasquez had him fired up to avenge the loss. However, Ngannou didn’t call him out, and he wasn’t about to commit to the matchup straightaway. Via

“Every time you see something like that, the emotions tell you you go get it back, you go make it right,” an emotional Cormier said Sunday night on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “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.

“I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou,” Cormier emphasized. “I will beat Francis Ngannou.”

DC is currently out with injury. Moreover, Dana White has already said that he has another fight in mind for Daniel Cormier- most probably Brock Lesnar. However, if that fight were to fall through, Ngannou could very well find himself in the Octagon with the two-time Olympic wrestler. If that’s the case, Cormier better hope he has better success than his teammate. Cormier said watching it was difficult for him, especially as he wasn’t there in person to support his friend.

“I know how hard he trained,” DC said. “I know how well he prepared for this fight, and for it to end the way that it did was very unfortunate, was very hard to watch, I wasn’t able to get to Phoenix. It’s sad, it makes me very sad that I’m not there right now, that he lost in this way.”

He repeated what Cain said, that he seemed well-prepared but fell victim to an unforeseeable accident.

“He looked good,” Cormier said. “I thought he was ready to fight, and I felt like he was ready to win this fight. You just cannot control some of the things that happen. He hurt his knee. And obviously you’re fighting a big powerful guy like Francis, there’s no room for error.”

What fight would be best for Cormier next? Stipe Miocic has been calling for a rematch for a long time; Ngannou has two elite knockouts in a row now, and Brock Lesnar is waiting as the ultimate payday fight.


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