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Midnight Mania! Older, wiser Stipe Miocic will score ‘same outcome’ in Francis Ngannou rematch

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In the three years since Stipe Miocic dominated Francis Ngannou, both men have gone on to do some pretty awesome things. Miocic lost his title next time out, but he earned it back by defeating Daniel Cormier twice in a trilogy that will likely help define his career in the history books. Meanwhile, Ngannou also lost his next match, but he’s been perfect since, knocking out four men in the time it takes to watch a couple Modelo commercials.

Speaking in broad strokes, rematches tend to favor younger athletes, regardless of who won the initial battle. The older fighter is likely to grow a bit slower, whereas the up-and-comer is more likely to have improved since. Despite the trend, Miocic is confident and promises a repeat performance.

“Francis is a super tough guy,” Miocic said on the “Oral Sessions” podcast with Renee Paquette (transcription via MMAJunkie). “He’s been knocking everyone out again and he’s on a tear, and unfortunately he’s going to have to fight me again. That’s the bad part. He’s definitely gotten better, but so have I.

“I know I’m getting old, but I’ve gotten wiser and I’ve got a few new tricks up my sleeve. (They say) you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, which is a lie. I’ve learned a lot since the last couple years ago. It’s the same outcome. I’m going to walk out with the belt around my waist: and still.”

The two are set to do battle at UFC 260 on March 27, 2021 from inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Elite heavyweights in a small cage — who ya’ got?


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