Francis Ngannou Claims To Have Learned From UFC 220 Loss

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Despite UFC president Dana White's comments late Saturday regarding his interest in matching Cormier against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, don't expect to see that anytime soon. The champion was busy on the outside, landing straight rights on the challenger.

"I've been in this sport only four years, and I know I'll keep learning and improving", Ngannou told MMA Junkie. He did exactly what he said he was going do to: exploit the holes in Ngannou's game to secure his third consecutive successful title defense and remain the baddest man on the planet.

In the second round, Cormier gained the first takedown of the fight early on, after succeeding on a single leg attempt. But Cormier saw it coming and bided his time until later in the round, taking down Oezdemir down and nearly getting him out of there with a rear-naked choke.

Ngannou looked to be out on his feet at the end of the second round, whilst Miocic's engine is known to be in good order, so the fight continued in the same vein, especially in the fourth where Ngannou failed to land with a single strike. The fight went all five rounds with Miocic keeping control with takedowns and ground hits. I got (the title) two times.

Velasquez (14-2-0, 12-2-0 UFC) tried to get reinstated in time for fight in at UFC 207 in December of 2016, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission denied him the chance to compete because of bone spurs in his back. No one else has come close.

Great night for Cormier as well.

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For starters, there aren't many matchups left in their respective divisions.

Fight of the Night honors, however, went to another main card bout: the featherweight scrap between Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos. "I'm going to do (platelet-rich plasma therapy) again".

"It's not like I'm fighting small guys". So, that's not on my radar right now, you know? He's unbeaten in the weight class. Then he'll undergo a two-month training camp for his next fight.

Velasquez has fought just once since his last defeat, and has undergone surgery to repair rotator cuff issues, as well as a procedure to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee. The weekend is one of the year's biggest event weeks.

Cormier rematched his bitter rival last July in the main event of UFC 214, a bout which gave him the opportunity to avenge his 2015 loss to the NY native.

The only way it is possible to put together lineups like the stellar collection of bouts at UFC 218 is to have events like this - a quality card anchored by twin title fights, but without a string of title elimination bouts leading into those championship contests.

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