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Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record with win over Ngannou

27 Enero 2018, 10:44 | Cornelio Vivanco

Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record with win over Ngannou

Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champion

Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will defend their title belts at UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou on Saturday. He also dismissed the idea of moving to a different camp after preparing for the fight at the UFC Performance Institute and in his adopted home country of France. The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn't needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights.

"I'm not the scariest, but I'm the baddest", said Miocic, who set a UFC record for most successful consecutive title defenses as he retained his title for the third time.

In Miocic's mind, that puts him into a league all his own. Cormier postures up and rips off ground-and-pound. But, now that his meteoric rise has been halted by the champ, Ngannou's admitted he underestimated what Miocic brings to the cage.

Stipe Miocic took some big shots in Round 1 from Francis Ngannou, however, the former's chin held up throughout the exchanges. Ngannou threatens with a choke but Miocic escapes. Ngannou fired a punch back but continued to show signs of exhaustion. The guy hits super hard. Calvin Kattar split the first two rounds of the entertaining scrap with his featherweight opponent before a right sent Burgos stumbling, an uppercut put him down, and a flurry of strikes on the grounded opponent forced him back to the locker room with the encouragement of the referee. Ngannou was looking lethargic and slow as he plodded forward and Miocic only made things worse by chopping away at his legs. "The hold-down positions, we worked on that a lot, and that fell into place very well". In the clinch next, Ngannou tried to explode out and Miocic drove him to the mat. Miocic on top in half guard began raining down shots. Miocic landed another takedown as time expired on a truly great round of heavyweight fighting. Can you blame him for putting Ngannou on his ass whenever humanly possible and keeping him there, by hook or by crook? With no contender in sight and going through tense negotiations with the UFC, Miocic had decided to not fight until a new deal could be reached. His domination over Ngannou may have been his biggest statement to date. Oezdemir came out swinging and was able to avoid Cormier's grappling early.

Unfortunately, the fight was pretty much over as a spectacle after that point. The only two losses of his professional career came against Jones, who is still on a provisional suspension from the failed drug test. A time frame for his return is not yet known.

The results were never in question: Stipe Miocic defended his UFC heavyweight championship for the third time, setting a record for the promotion. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face.

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