“First of all, I would love to share the Octagon with Daniel Cormier before he retires.”
That’s Francis Ngannou telling TMZ Sports why it would be an “honor” to fight UFC legend Daniel Cormier … but insists it should be for the TRUE heavyweight belt and not “this interim sh*t.”
Of course, Ngannou just destroyed Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249 on Saturday — his 4th straight 1st-round victory.
Most people think he deserves a title shot — but the situation with Stipe Miocic is definitely complicating things.
Remember, Stipe — the reigning heavyweight champ — was supposed to run it back with Cormier earlier this year (they’ve already fought twice) but an eye injury and the COVID-19 pandemic ruined those plans.
Cormier insists he’s ready to fight now — but Stipe is still waiting for the green light from his doctor and wants time to have a full training camp.
In the meantime, Cormier said over the weekend he’d be down to fight Ngannou … and Francis told us, he’s READY!
“I mean, that would be an honor for me to have to fight Daniel Cormier since I always think about it,” Ngannou said.
Some people are calling for the UFC to strip Stipe of the belt — and have DC and Nganou fight for the interim heavyweight strap.
Ngannou does NOT like that plan.
“I hope Stipe gets what he wants but I want to fight for the title. Not this interim sh*t.”
“I mean, like, they should have given me the interim [for the Jairzinho Rozenstruik fight].”
“I should be working out now with interim but I don’t think there’s no time for the interim anymore, its time for the real title.”
Dana White has some serious decisions to make.