The top five outside of Miocic and Ngannou is thin. He's finished his previous four opponents inside the first round, and his backstory as a poor Cameroonian-Frenchman is extremely compelling.
With one round to go, Miocic welcomed Ngannou to the final round with a high-five in the center of the Octagon before immediately clinching up and pressing Ngannou into the fence.
But despite overcoming the odds to retain his title and make UFC history, the always-humble Miocic put everything in perspective when he shared the news that he's going to be a father. Stipe entered the sport after winning his state's Golden Glove amateur Boxing competition and competed as a NCAA Division I wrestler. DC hit the challenger with some huge shots and Volkan was hurt. "The Predator" is 6-0 with six stoppages since entering UFC in 2015, and like Micocic, none of his last four fights have made it past the first round.
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Against Miocic and Overeem, we saw him get dropped by coming forward unintelligently, walking himself into strikes. [Dos Santos], who I lost to previously. This weekend, he will look to not only add to his legacy, but remind Mixed Martial Arts fans of his greatness.
"I mean I'm not the scariest, but I'm the baddest", he said. It definitely didn't feel good, but I was all right. Ngannou isn't going to shy away from his continued game plan, so it will be interesting to see if Miocic attempts to grapple. I called him out on that. And my daughter and my family, it's all family to me. Miocic isn't much of a trash-talker. JAN19. UFC 220 Weigh-In.
It was no secret Miocic, 35, was talking about his UFC contract.
"Everyone s-- on me", Miocic said. It wasn't about him.
"He just doesn't seem to know what to do", exclaimed veteran UFC commentator Joe Rogan during the fourth. I broke the record.
KEY QUOTE - Ortiz: "Pantoja's a super-tough guy". This guy's a phenom, one in a million, blah, blah, blah. Ngannou struggled up to his knees with Miocic sticking to him, throwing punches and dragging Ngannou back down once again.
"Listen, man, I've got the fighting spirit. No one's ever done that".
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Neither man attempted anything untoward, both respectfully standing in the trademark fists-up pose. He took Ngannou down and went to work on delivering punishment throughout the frame.
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