It appears that UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou is a sleeping giant that may have been awoken.
Fresh from responding to months of trash talk by fellow heavyweight Derrick Lewis, Ngannou has rattled off a list of multiple fighters – both in and out of the UFC – who he hopes will step up and fight him.
Two established UFC fighters who the Cameroonian called out were Lewis and veteran Mark Hunt, both hard hitting sluggers like Ngannou. However, a more unconventional name mentioned by Ngannou was British boxing sensation Anthony Joshua, who was rumoured to have been considering an MMA fight.
He was not the biggest name called out by Ngannou, though.
In what is a testament to his name value and seemingly eternal mainstream appeal, Brock Lesnar was singled out by Ngannou as the man he would most like to fight next. On The MMA Hour, Ngannou said that Lesnar, who has been in the pro wrestling organisation WWE for a number of years, was his dream fight.
“Please Brock, come back my friend,” Ngannou said. “I need you to give me that [expletive] fight I’ve been wanting for a long time.”
“I want Brock.”
Lesnar retired from MMA at the end of 2011 after a first round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, after which he returned to the WWE. He then resurrected his MMA career with a one-time appearance at UFC 200, when he beat Mark Hunt via decision, however, this win was overturned to a no contest after he tested positive to estrogen blockers.