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Francis Ngannou continues to wait in the wings for his next title fight after the heavy-hitting Cameroon-born, French-based Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight was denied a title fight against Stipe Miocic after the promotion decided to give that opportunity to former champ Daniel Cormier.
The 33-year-old has been on a tear over the last year, with finishes over Curtis Blaydes and former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
“The Predator” was the favorite to get the next title shot against the current champ Miocic, but the promotion decided to award Cormier with a rematch in what will be the final fight in the career of “DC” regardless of the outcome.
Ngannou doesn’t have an opponent lined up for his next fight, but UFC President Dana White told TMZ that 2020 will be a big year for the former title challenger with the UFC making its first ever foray to French soil with Ngannou set to headline the event (transcribed via BJPENN.com).
“Exciting year for Francis, too, because there’s not only big fights for him, and a potential title fight, but France, we finally got France done.” White said. “We’ve been working hard for a long time to get that place open for MMA, and we’ll do a fight there, and obviously Francis will probably headline.
“I don’t know if you watched the fight from Singapore, but the kid [Ciryl] Gane, big bad ass heavyweight from France, they’ll both fight on that card,” White added.