Francis Ngannou Says Stipe Miocic Only Champ Because I Wasn’t There

Francis Ngannou, Stipe Miocic became champ because I wasn’t there.

Francis Ngannou’s win over Alistair Overeem gave him six stoppage victories in six outings with the promotion, and no doubt earned himself a title shot against current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

Punching power will enter the UFC Octagon on Jan. 20 as arguably the scariest man in the sport when he challenges UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

Ngannou is so confident entering UFC 220 event that he said there is only one reason why Miocic is still the heavyweight champion.

“You say he’s the champion for a reason, yes, he’s the champion for a reason: He’s the champion because the real champ wasn’t there. Now the real champ is on the way, and (Miocic) is not going to be the champion as long,” Ngannou told MMAjunkie.

Champ Miocic is not worried at all about Ngannou’s power that knocked out the likes of Alistair Overeem and Andre Arlovksi. The chiseled, 6-foot-5 Ngannou has yet to be truly tested on the ground as he has never fought past the second round. However, Ngannou believes Miocic be wary of what he can bring to the table.

In fact, Stipe Miocic has been dominant over the last two years and is 17-2 in his pro career with his most recent victory coming against Junior dos Santos in a rematch that marked the second defense of his title.

“Of course he’s a good wrestler, but my little technique, plus my power, I can stop it anywhere I want, when I want,” Ngannou said. “Every single thing that he will try, I will stop it. I will put my trap everywhere, so he might bring himself in the trap, and I will just close the trap.”

UFC 220 will headline UFC heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou on January 20th at the TD Garden in Boston.

What do you think who will come out victorious?

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