There’s no doubt that Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic have been the UFC’s most impressive heavyweights over the past few years. There are a number of fighters who were both knocked out, and Miočić is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.
Ngannou and Stipe fought twice, and each of them once won those matches. Still, Ngannou is the one who celebrated in their last match. At the end of the third month of this year, "Predator" brutally knocked out our Miočić.
That way, the Cameroonian became the UFC heavyweight champion, and the belt should be defended on January 22, against Cyril Gane. Although Ngannou brutally knocked out Miočić, it is difficult to say who was more impressive in their fights.
In 2018, Stipe totally dominated Francis, through a full five rounds of the fight, while Ngannou knocked out Miočić at the beginning of the second round. However, what is certain is the respect they have for each other.
Francis Ngannou does not hide that Miočić is one of the vital figures on his way to the heavyweight belt.
Defeat against Miocic
The Cameroonian has repeatedly pointed out that he learned more from the defeat of Miočić than from the victories he achieved.
"Predator" once again praised Miočić in his hymns via his YouTube channel. "Stipe Miocic is the most difficult challenge I have ever faced. He is a very competitive and legitimate fighter. I remember underestimating him in the first match, and I was so wrong."
"However, after that, I started to look at and analyze him more seriously, I paid a lot of attention to him and he is quite impressive, "said Ngannou, who then touched on certain technical aspects that Miocic impresses him with.
‘‘ How durable he is, fit, ready, then his movements. Everything Stipe does is really impressive when you take a closer look. "," Predator added. It is nice to hear and read how Ngannou understands the importance of his matches with Miočić and the qualities that Stipe possesses.
None of them stepped into the cage after that match, but hopefully, 2022 could provide a trilogy. Still, a lot depends on the UFC 270 event, where Ngannou will have another very difficult exam. Ciryl Gane looks impressive, and the question is whether Ngannou will stay in the world's strongest MMA promotion after that There are many stories about whether Ngannou will stay or move on, but nothing is still known