Francis Ngannou is convinced that he is entering the rematch with Stipe Miočić as a much better fighter than he was at the beginning of 2018 when the current heavyweight champion completely dominated him through a full 25 minutes of fighting.
It was at UFC 220, in fact, it still is and is, the longest match in ‘Predator’ career, the only one in a full five rounds, but also a fight he has never been in before. Now that he has experienced that part of the MMA game as well, Francis believes he is ready to take the throne.
"After that fight, I was overwhelmed by two different feelings. First, I was obviously very upset and disappointed that I didn't win. Like everyone fighting for the belt, I wanted to come out of the match as the winner," Ngannou began in Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
In the continuation of the conversation, Francis concentrated more on those positive things, above all on the gold-worthy experience he gained in the match with the best heavyweight in the history of the UFC.
"To be honest, I always look at that fight, and that's how I thought after the end of it - 'This is good' Look, I really learned a lot from that duel. Even though I was at the level of one match for the world title, and I was still missing a certain part of my game and my experience."
" I would ask myself - 'OK, what would a three-round fight look like? In fact, I entered the match knowing that there might be five rounds ahead of me, and I hadn't done in three until then. "What does it look like? How to prepare for such a fight?" "I had a lot of questions.
And then after the fight, I said to myself - 'OK, now I understand' I think I spent more time in the Octagon in one night than in the rest of my career." Francis continued, referring to an approach he believes today was completely wrong: "I rushed in the first round and today I'm wondering why, why would I spend so fast? When I watch that fight today, I see a guy who looks like me, but I don't recognize myself because that's not the way I fight."
"I watch other fights and "I seem to see two different people. I knew how to fight calmly, work under pressure, and wait for an opportunity, and in most cases my opponent would attack first ... But this time I just ran into it," Ngannou concluded.