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Since Francis Ngannou bombed out Alistair Overeem last weekend at UFC 218, the feared slugger has been calling for a bout with heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic. But, as it turns out, the rising star also has another opponent in mind, and that man is Mr. Brock Lesnar…

As a result of Ngannou’s jaw dropping win on Saturday, it seems all but certain that he’ll challenge Miocic next, sometime, hopefully, in early 2018. In addition, since his latest win, Ngannou has warned the heavyweight champ that he’s going to knock him out, and that he’ll do so quickly.

But, the 31 year-old fighter also recently appeared on the Top Turtle MMA Podcast, and while doing so, Ngannou said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I’d always like to see the match between me and Brock Lesnar,” Ngannou said. “Two big dudes. I like that matchup. I’m excited for that kind of match as a fan. … I want to see that match.”

“He’s big,” Ngannou added. “Huge, as you say. But he’s not stronger than me. I’m stronger than him. I’m the best striker in the heavyweight division and the more powerful guy. I’m also a talented guy and I will deal with that very easy.”

Stronger than Lesnar huh? That’s a bold statement, although, there’s likely  folks who agree.

Now obviously this would be a massive fight – typically, anything involving Lesnar is, but, it’s important to note that the latter still has six months to serve of a USADA suspension. In addition, Lesnar isn’t even in the testing pool reportedly, so, he would need to re-enter it before he could start serving out the six months.

And, first things first, Ngannou has to get past Miocic, if and when they fight. One would think that if Miocic were to defeat Ngannou, Lesnar wouldn’t be interested in facing the Cameroonian heavyweight. There’s been talk that Lesnar might be thinking about a return to the Octagon, but, there hasn’t been much on this front in recent months.

Still, Lesnar – Ngannou…it’s hard not to think about it right?