Francis Ngannou is known for his quick finishes inside the Octagon and he could face a Conor McGregor problem
The pair had met a few years back and it was the current UFC Heavyweight Championship that got the better of Ngannou.
However, the French-Cameroon star has more experience under his belt. The 34-year-old is on a four-fight win streak and has won all those via KO or TKO.
While many believe that Ngannou is the most dangerous fighter in the UFC thanks to his KO power, Chael Sonnen shared his concern for the 34-year-old.
Sonnen was speaking on his show and claimed that inactivity, like Conor McGregor, could be a problem for Ngannou.
McGregor blamed a lack of MMA activity for his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. While McGregor had fought once in 2020 before facing Poirier. However, the Irishman was also busy with Floyd Mayweather, announced his retirement (again) and fought Khabib Nurmagomedov in the past three years or so.
Sonnen added that preparing for a fight, even a short one, featured a lot of training and camps. However, nothing beats time in the Octagon:
“But you don’t get the ring time.
“I worry about that for other guys. I am starting to think that could be a real thing for Francis Ngannou.
“And I think that is going over everybody’s head that Francis is in a very similar spot to Conor McGregor in terms of minutes in the Octagon.
“We don’t have minutes with Francis, we have seconds.”
Sonnen, however, believed that Ngannou was in a better spot because he was training well, making weight and in the right zone but lack of Octagon time is a bit of a factor in big fights.
Ngannou has only been in the Octagon for just over three minutes in his last four fights. Miocic, the champion, has been at war with Daniel Cormier and had 10 rounds with DC over their three bouts.
Miocic also took Ngannou all the way to five rounds when they met in 2018 and it will be interesting to see how the UFC 260 clash goes between them.
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