Francis Ngannou explains what went wrong in first Stipe Miocic fight | UFC 260 | ESPN MMA

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ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto sits down with Francis Ngannou ahead of his heavyweight title rematch vs. Stipe Miocic as the two discuss his life in Cameroon, the first bout vs. Stipe and much more.
0:00 Ngannou discusses his journey from Cameroon to the United States.
6:14 What the last three years of his career have been like.
12:04 Describing his mindset heading into the first Miocic fight.
16:02 Ngannou says he wasn’t fully in control during the bout.
17:37 If there should’ve been an interim heavyweight belt.
20:04 How he felt after knocking out Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
24:45 He doesn’t think he landed a clean punch at UFC 220.
29:30 Why looking back at his childhood doesn’t put a smile on his face.
32:45 What he’d do with the title to inspire others.
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  • This is the Black Arnold Schwarzenegger. The English, the fury, the calm, the grace. I see him having a great future in Movies, probably not politics. Francis the Predator

    Enow AgborEnow AgborPrije 14 dana
  • Simplicity over luxury.

    skam 557skam 557Prije 20 dana
  • He’s genuinely a nice guy 👏🏻

    GSGSPrije 24 dana
  • Very wise man.

    jmiogojmiogoPrije 26 dana
  • This guy is an inspiration. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

    Thomas LeckyThomas LeckyPrije mjesec
  • Here after Francis nuked Stipe, I called it!🇨🇲👑

    Brad ColbyBrad ColbyPrije mjesec
  • True

  • He is very thoughtful and well spoken

    L PL PPrije mjesec
  • OMG I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE MAKES HIS LIFE A MOVIE!!!! I AM NOT KIDDING IT's OSCAR MATERIAL! Desert trips escaping death, boats etc! He can show what these people go through for a better life! Even his childhood, not having money to buy a pen or food. But focus on the psychological part. Not a boring action only thing

    L PL PPrije mjesec
  • This interview is very awkward i would be same though

  • Why these ufc interviewrs sucks asking same question s

    zahid gazizahid gaziPrije mjesec
  • Amazing interview

    Saddam HussainSaddam HussainPrije mjesec

    BEAST TVBEAST TVPrije mjesec
  • Very intelligent guy, fast learner

    BenjaminOBenjaminOPrije mjesec
  • I think the success was too fast for him to fathomed. Maybe that was why he needed Camaru Usman at his side

    BenjaminOBenjaminOPrije mjesec
  • I admire his English a some one from a french speaking zone ..where even our president for 45yrs knows only 4 words in English ( I do so swear)

    Mbanga ManMbanga ManPrije mjesec
  • AND NEWWWWW!!! 💎

    Rasyid RosliRasyid RosliPrije mjesec
  • Francis said don't you call me sweet vanilla lol🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦😂👈🏽

    T JT JPrije mjesec
  • This guy deserves everything that comes to him. You can tell by how fast he picked up English and his answers that he is a thought out and intelligent man, yet he worked in sand mines and never had a proper education. He is a special human being!

    Mr ComradMr ComradPrije mjesec
    • I wish everyone had the same observation because you are right on I met a janitor who was a math genius and unfortunately because of his Uprising and the card he was dealt from when he was born to a crackhead mother he never had the opportunity to utilize his talent his genius didn't have someone to encourage him or didn't have the drive I guess so sad🙏🏽

      T JT JPrije mjesec
  • No matter what profession you're in Ngannou's story is so inspiring. Really hope I can get focus and accomplish my dreams like this.

    Deep ElementsDeep ElementsPrije mjesec
  • When he said he will be better because he lost the first Stipe fight i was pretty impressed with him as a person.

    NoClipsBarred NickNoClipsBarred NickPrije mjesec
  • I'm a huge Stipe fan, but Francis is obviously one if the most likeable fighters. If he wasn't such a favorite for the fight, I prob would have been more Neutral with my support, but seeing Stipe as an underdog got me.

    NoClipsBarred NickNoClipsBarred NickPrije mjesec
    • Do you think Stipe should retire now? That K.O. was brutal.

      BEAST TVBEAST TVPrije mjesec
  • Francis is very smart

    cascisa22cascisa22Prije mjesec
  • very interesting guy, very good personality, very humble, now new heavyweight champion, interesting

    Amarachi ChrisAmarachi ChrisPrije mjesec
  • Chael is actually pronounced Shill. Shill Sonnen.

    Brook Ma ChatteBrook Ma ChattePrije mjesec
  • a nice humble guy on the outside and a monster in the cage.

    Nair DaNair DaPrije mjesec
  • Can we just appreciate how good Francis' English has become. Dude speaks so well.

    Daniel SimDaniel SimPrije mjesec
  • Good on you, man. Good luck in the future. Greetings from Denmark

    T0ny M0ntanaT0ny M0ntanaPrije mjesec
  • Francis' leadership qualities shine through in this interview. He could work in politics after his fighting career if he wanted.

    Gary MarshGary MarshPrije mjesec
  • Lol have we learned yet to stick to SIMPLE questions with Ngannou? 😂

    Jason WisdomJason WisdomPrije mjesec
  • ...this is a good interview

    Slick RickSlick RickPrije mjesec
  • Bravo Nganou, we love you. You talk like a true cameroonian. We always love going back home. Thanks

    emt Tenemt TenPrije mjesec
  • He turned his childhood spite into sheer determination to prove his worth to those who looked down on him.. and now, he is the champion.

    phaserraphaserraPrije mjesec
  • Francis yahhhhhhhh

    Uchenna EgbunaUchenna EgbunaPrije mjesec
  • Congratulation/félicitation Francis Ngannou from Cameroon. Me and Ngannou actually have very similar names. His last name is Ngannou, My fathers given name to me is Ngabam. Congratulations to you Francis Ngannou, From Cameroon. We both share the same culture and Country. You are a Inspiration to me. To become great. God Bless you in yahawashi(Jesus) Mighty Name.

    Brandon BloomingBrandon BloomingPrije mjesec
    • u believe the Gospel.

      A YA YPrije mjesec
  • "Sweet Vanilla 99" 😅 did people not watch to the end? This is hilarious 🤣

    dude231ificationdude231ificationPrije mjesec
    • yep

      BEAST TVBEAST TVPrije mjesec
  • Brett dropping bars at the beginning: "Francis, we didn't plan this"

    DNADNAPrije mjesec
  • He probably speaks a local Cameroonian dialect. English. French. Spanish. I wouldn't be surprised if he speaks 5 languages. Africans in Europe tend to be at least bi/tri lingual.

    DMDDMDPrije mjesec
  • Francis voice is music to my ears.

    TalalTalalPrije mjesec
  • Vanilla99 has sent you a message - "Send me location"

    ValiantFoxValiantFoxPrije mjesec
  • Get ngannou in a movie man

    FreakTheNihilist 22FreakTheNihilist 22Prije mjesec
    • @Christophe Tam whoa.

      Wolfs WinkelWolfs WinkelPrije mjesec
    • He's gonna be in Fast & Furious 9.

      Christophe TamChristophe TamPrije mjesec
  • This guy is a great American story even though he is from Africa and has deep love for I guess he is a great global story

    Jimmy DeanJimmy DeanPrije mjesec
  • And now he is the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Champion👏👏👏 Well done to Stipe aswell on a long championship reign.

    mikiy84mikiy84Prije mjesec
  • Such a humble Man and a beautiful soul. As a Cameroonian stories like His gives us reasons to smile even with our very terrible leader (Paul .B) Nice job Ngannou🙌👑🥂

    LABU SHOWLABU SHOWPrije mjesec
  • Ngannou should be in a James Bond movie.

    O'Brien975O'Brien975Prije mjesec
  • This dude is NOT 34 years old. More like 38.

    JB JohnsonJB JohnsonPrije mjesec
    • @JB Johnson not really.

      Wolfs WinkelWolfs WinkelPrije mjesec
    • @Wolfs Winkel My opinion matters.

      JB JohnsonJB JohnsonPrije mjesec
    • @JB Johnson nobody does, really.

      Wolfs WinkelWolfs WinkelPrije mjesec
    • @Demiurge Obzen I do fool

      JB JohnsonJB JohnsonPrije mjesec
    • Kay thanks pal, nobody cares.

      Demiurge ObzenDemiurge ObzenPrije mjesec
  • You are already Great..You are only going to become greater Our Champion..well done Brother ..E ku ise takun takun..OLUWA a maa gbee yin arakunrin waa ..

  • Id be shitting myself if my name was john jones right now.

    Casey HodgsonCasey HodgsonPrije mjesec
  • You deserve every dollar, big man

    Andy HAndy HPrije mjesec
  • Such a great story. Love this guy a big fan brotha. You deserve it

    Jorge PachecoJorge PachecoPrije mjesec
  • Where he comes from should carry this guy to success,dude draws the will to win from the pain of the past and from the scars that keep reminding him what he is here to do !!

    Nick BarahonaNick BarahonaPrije mjesec
  • What A Gentle Tiger. I love the way he speak in control.

    Applasamy Subbha RaoApplasamy Subbha RaoPrije mjesec
  • So happy for Francis man, well deserved, what a specimen

    Cesar M.Cesar M.Prije mjesec

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  • Hi Francis I’m Martin fae Scotland and I just want to give u my full support brother . You in my eyes are total inspiration to the whole of Africa and the world in general Your story reminds me that hard work really does pays off eventually. “If greatness is to be achieved the path of the worrier will inevitably be hard” well Francis your journey was hard but I bet totally worth it. Inspirational to say the least bro. If the Africa ufc goes down I’ll b there defo

    Mad Max 1988Mad Max 1988Prije mjesec
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    Dylan SalinasDylan SalinasPrije mjesec
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    Jenson CrippsJenson CrippsPrije mjesec
  • Imagine being Ngannou's favorite fighter... Respect to Gaethje!

    Arcane ArtisanArcane ArtisanPrije mjesec
  • Francis see this. Your fists .. they are your power, Stipe has alot. He has family. He has country. He has passion. He does not have nothing. The feeling of nothing. I can see it. When the question comes.... How does it feel to have everything. No! I have nothing.

    Francois WeberFrancois WeberPrije mjesec
  • Ngannou vs Gane has to happen in France

    Dart 66Dart 66Prije mjesec
    • @Ozzee well other than Lewis and Jones there are no other fights lol, Gane is the best of the rest. Also he was just playing it cautious against Rozenstruik because he was cruising to victory and was afraid of getting hit at the end like Overeem did

      Dart 66Dart 66Prije mjesec
    • Gane has no name value don’t nobody care about that fight especially after his last performance against a guy ngannou destroyed in seconds

      OzzeeOzzeePrije mjesec
  • The more he talks, the more you got to love this guy! He deserves everything right now! What a journey! He is a winner already!

    Venelin StanevVenelin StanevPrije mjesec
  • When Francis has better English than Stipe

    Dart 66Dart 66Prije mjesec
  • Francis' English is definitely really good now. It is really interesting to hear his accent though, I assume he speaks some French as well. I've not seen it, but if Francis just spoke with a little more energy he would sound like an African guy doing his best George St. Pierre impression.

    SiegmeyerSiegmeyerPrije mjesec
  • Respect.... English has improved wicked👊👊lets go champ👊👊

    Wesley AndriesWesley AndriesPrije mjesec
  • I don’t know how the fight will go. But I absolutely love Ngannou and I love and respect Stipe but I’m rooting for my country man 🇨🇲🇨🇲 Francis . As a Cameroonian, I can relate to what he’s been through . I admire his humility and I pray he gets the win. Cuz He deserves the win . Let the better fighter win the game . Good luck to both fighters . Francis my brother go get the title 🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲

    Christian ZeliohChristian ZeliohPrije mjesec
  • Well I hope his ego is in check......the way he threw his head coach out the door for questioning his ego is sad....

    ryan brayryan brayPrije mjesec
  • This guy is one humble warrior 👏👏👏👏👏 Whoever wins this fight baddest man on the planet

    Kai AliKai AliPrije mjesec
    • That's a cool mask

      William ButcherWilliam ButcherPrije mjesec
  • He is a beautiful human being. Very humble and a quick learner. A pleasant guy to be around.

    Ken janKen janPrije mjesec
  • Has anyone ever given Bret this much respect ever? This man is an absolute gentleman and an amazing human. To even give Bret respect is really going above and beyond what’s required. Awesome to see him so great at English already too. Amazing human.

    weezhumweezhumPrije mjesec
  • Most likeable personality in all of fighting.

    weezhumweezhumPrije mjesec
  • Love Frances humility as a fighter! He is a true warrior and great role model for all of us! Rooting for you future champ!!!

    Jeffrey McleanJeffrey McleanPrije mjesec
  • bless

    High nature vedaHigh nature vedaPrije mjesec
  • Vegas local here hope I see Francis someday guys a beast

    Tanner SnellTanner SnellPrije mjesec
  • 26:45 onwards is genuinely so heartbreaking, stipe you’re the greatest HW of all time, let him have this man!

    Haroon KhanHaroon KhanPrije mjesec
  • What went wrong....? He hasn't got anything other than a big punch. And of they don't land... they're irrelevant.

    brownboy90brownboy90Prije mjesec
  • the future president of Cameroon.

  • This interview confirms the importance of the mental part!

    M G KochM G KochPrije mjesec
  • Ngannou's English is far better than Stipe's.

    MMA VirusMMA VirusPrije mjesec
  • English language wise, Ngannou is far better than Stipe.

    MMA VirusMMA VirusPrije mjesec
  • Both fighters are so likeable I don’t know who to root for? Welp May the best man win

    ChiefCuning CoyoteChiefCuning CoyotePrije mjesec
  • Hate to see either one of them friggijn lose

    Sam GaudetSam GaudetPrije mjesec
  • what if he lose on this second time?? is he gonna act like he doesn't know himself??

    Susay SulSusay SulPrije mjesec
  • Ngannou is gonna beat Stipe this time and they would make the trilogy. Jones would probably ask for too much money

    Luis EnriqueLuis EnriquePrije mjesec
    • You my friend are an oracel everything you said abt the fight and jones happened

      Straight outa of SpaceStraight outa of SpacePrije mjesec
  • The guy climbing the mountain is hungrier than the one at the top. Let’s see how and if Stipe motivated himself

    Bartholomew LyonsBartholomew LyonsPrije mjesec
  • This guy speaks better english than me. And I'm American 😣

    G MoneyG MoneyPrije mjesec
  • What a humble man

    Marilyn FatMarilyn FatPrije mjesec
  • "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. " Mike Tyson

    alfredo alainalfredo alainPrije mjesec
  • I think nganyou wins

    Loop DocLoop DocPrije mjesec
  • This universe needs more individuals like Francis.......

    Art MonroyArt MonroyPrije mjesec
  • I think Francis will be a great choice to play Rock in stormlight archive

    Marri HarrisMarri HarrisPrije mjesec
  • What went wrong? He thinks just becuase he is strong he can beat any one stipe show him is better to be smart than strong simple tomorrow same thing is gonna happen he haven't learned the lesson every single fight he have wom the first thing he does is swing power shot i doubt he have built a good cardio

    jezac823jezac823Prije mjesec
  • Francis "Sweet Vanilla 99" Ngannou that should be his new nickname 😂 his story is inspiring, win or lose he's a champion in life

    iclark2400iclark2400Prije mjesec
  • great interview,Francis is a monster in the octagan , but a well spoken gentle man in real life.

    Jianyne charlesJianyne charlesPrije mjesec
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    Shota ToriumiShota ToriumiPrije mjesec
  • Such a wise scary man

    Michael RogersMichael RogersPrije mjesec
  • Stipe made everything to go wrong.

    Goran KosanovićGoran KosanovićPrije mjesec
  • Francis is too smart to "play with house money", he needs that money to provide for himself and his roots back in Cameroon!

    Fuad UddinFuad UddinPrije mjesec
  • Ariel: your're taking everything I worked for mfer! Bret 'soft serve' Okamato.

    morriskl3morriskl3Prije mjesec
  • This man went from the working in the fields of Cameroon, from homelessness to be where he is today, win or lose tomorrow Ngannou is still a champion!

    Corey LakshmanaswamyCorey LakshmanaswamyPrije mjesec