Francis Ngannou headlined UFC 220 in a losing effort to UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.
Miocic dominated Ngannou for the majority of his fight with his wrestling game and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is wondering just how much wrestling training the challenger received before the bout.
“Before, everyone was saying, ‘Oh my God, he’s in tremendous shape, everything is amazing,’” Rogan said on the Joe Rogan MMA Show. “Then afterwards it’s like, ‘Oh, he doesn’t train on the ground.’ What? He doesn’t train on the ground? They go, ‘All he wants to do is strike.’ You can’t let him do that. You can’t let him.”
Ngannou has earned a total of four submission wins in his professional MMA career, but has almost double the amount of wins by KO/TKO.
Rogan also contemplates as to whether or not Ngannou thought he could magically get off the ground once Miocic got him down.
“He’s going to fight a Division-I wrestler,” he continued. “How is he going to do this? How is he going to stand up? He’s going to magically get up? You have to train it.”
The defeated Ngannou hasn’t commented much on his latest loss, other than to say that he had learned a lot from the fight.