UFC commentator Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou can recreate “Iron” Mike Tyson days as UFC’s next superstar.
Ngannou stuns the world with highlight reel knocking out over the dangerous Alistair Overeem over the weekend at UFC 218. That win earned him a title shot at champ Stipe Miocic which is confirmed for early next year at UFC 220.
Rogan was in attendance at UFC 218, who saw the Ngannou’s spectacular KO cage-side was recently speaking on Rogan’s JRE MMA Show podcast.
“Now they’ve got a star,” Rogan told Wren (transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie). “I think Ngannou, one or two more fights, you’re going to be looking at Mike Tyson days. That’s what I think. You’re going to watch fights just to see how long these mother(expletives) can survive against this guy. That’s what I think. That could be their big, breakout star.”
Ngannou, if certainly, he does establish himself as a PPV star, would fill a hole in the current UFC scene. As Rousey is making a career move to WWE, UFC champ Conor Mcgregor certainly busy in making controversies and GSP’s future is uncertain.
“Conor, who knows if he’s ever going to fight again,” Rogan said. “We really don’t know. We haven’t heard Conor saying, ‘This is my plan. This is who I’m thinking of fighting. This is who I want to fight.’ He’s been talking (expletive) to Max Holloway, he’s been talking (expletive) to Tony Ferguson, but he’s not set it up.”
Odds have been released that Champ Stipe Miocic will defend the title against titan Ngannou early next year at UFC 220. Miocic has won his last five fights via KO, four in the first round; if he emerges victorious, he will set the heavyweight record with three consecutive title defenses.