Stipe Miocic has some message for Francis Ngannou
Current champ Stipe Miocic will look to become the first Heavyweight to defend the UFC 265-pound title three straight times, as he already carries two successful defenses over Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. Going into the record books won’t be that easy this time as Francis is as dangerous as they come.
Titan Francis Ngannou has done his part to intimidate mostly everyone connected to the UFC. His final steady witness is heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
At the UFC 220 news conference last week in Las Vegas, Francis Ngannou insisted that Miocic was fretting their Jan. 20 title fight, prompting Miocic to utter an expression of unworried calm that will likely remain until they meet in the octagon.
Stipe Miocic is solely letting his record speak for himself, just like his recent social media post sending a message to Francis Ngannou.
Andrei Arlovski — RD1 0:54 ✅
Fabricio Werdum — RD1 2:47 ✅
Alistair Overeem — RD1 4:27 ✅
Junior dos Santos — RD1 2:22 ✅
Francis Ngannou — 1/20 #AndStill pic.twitter.com/QPApohmtey
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) January 3, 2018
That record is ridiculous.
While Francis Ngannou at the UFC 220 press conference.
“Don’t lie, Stipe [Miocic]. Don’t lie [about not being afraid]. I think he’ll try to survive. First of all, this is the game plan. Survive, then whatever I’m going to try, I’m going to catch you. I’m going to connect it. What happens when I connect? Of course, he’s really intimidated. He knows what’s going to happen. I know he’s just making proud here like, ‘Yes, I’m the champ. I’m this, I’m that,’ but he knows the guy that he’s going to fight. He knows that it’s going to be a fight that he’s never had in his career.”
Since his UFC debut, Francis Ngannou has earned a reputation as one of the most powerful punchers in MMA. His recent knockout KO of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 was one of the scariest stoppages of the year. Will he be able to add Miocic to that list with the hashtag ‘and new’ on January 20th? We are all eagerly waiting to find out.
Miocic is no slouch in the knockout department himself. He won his past five fights by KO, including his most recent title defense, a first-round TKO stoppage of Junior dos Santos at UFC 211. Current champ Miocic also has wrestling skills he can fall back on if he so chooses.
If Stipe Miocic wins the heavyweight title, he will become the first fighter to defend that title three consecutive times.
What do you think who will come out on top?