Stipe Miocic is a heck of a fighter and one of the toughest guys to ever step into UFC’s Octagon. He proved that yet again at UFC 260 against Francis Ngannou last night (Sat., March 27, 2021). While he ended up losing in the second round via devastating knockout, Miocic survived some hellacious blows in the first round of their fight and never stopped coming forward.
For a man who rarely seemed to get his due from fans or the organization for which he fought, he was one legendary Heavyweight champion.
Being the awesome dude that he is inside the cage and out, it was hard to watch Ngannou body him so hard in their long-awaited rematch. Not only did “The Predator” drop Miocic with a big counter right during a wild exchange, he unloaded one more big hammerfist directly on Miocic’s jaw before referee Herb Dean could sprint across the cage to stop the fight.
Photos of Miocic going down like an angel cast into hell were all over Twitter:
Videos of him laying senseless on the canvas were everywhere, too (including our MMAmania twitter page, obligatory smash that “Follow” button request).
So how’s Miocic doing post-fight ... he okay?
“He’s alright,” Stipe Miocic’s wife Ryan Marie posted on Instagram. “Still my hero!”
The photo showed the two still at the hospital after the fight, but no word yet on whether Miocic’s knee is okay after that final fall that saw his leg twisted badly under his unconscious body. Whether Miocic’s leg is injured could play a big part in whether he’s able to get back in the cage for an immediate rubber match against Ngannou ... or not, considering everyone at the press conference was already moving on to either Jon Jones or Derrick Lewis as Ngannou’s next opponent.
Stipe Miocic Appreciation Post— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 28, 2021
1382 days as UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Joint-most title fight wins in HW history.
Most title defences in HW history.
His time as champion may be over for now but he can look back on his reign with Pride. pic.twitter.com/YIHZyApnYm
It’s just more casual disrespect shown to the greatest Heavyweight champ in UFC history, something even Miocic’s wife Ryan Marie has pointed out in the past. But, in this house we respect Stipe Miocic and look forward to his return. He has nothing left to prove, but if he feels like continuing to fight, we have no doubt he’ll be facing off for championship gold again in the near future.
For complete UFC 260: “Miocic vs. Ngannou 2” results and play-by-play click HERE.