Sitting cage side at UFC 260, Jon Anik could feel the intensity throughout the heavyweight championship bout between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
The longtime UFC play-by-play voice, like the vast majority of MMA fans around the globe, couldn’t help but be impressed by the vastly improved Ngannou, who knocked Miocic out in the second round this last Saturday night in Las Vegas to become the brand new heavyweight champion.
And now, everyone is wondering where the new titleholder goes from here. Could it be the highly anticipated matchup with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones?
Anik joined MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck to discuss a new reign in the UFC’s heavyweight division, Ngannou’s coaching staff playing a pivotal part in his development, the difference between “The Predator” from their first meeting at UFC 220 and now, his thoughts on a potential mega-fight between Ngannou and Jones, the return of a full house of fans at UFC 261 in April and the three title fights that will take place, the addition of Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards as the first non-title, five-round co-main event in the promotion’s history at UFC 262, where Belal Muhammad should go from here, and more.