Stipe Miocic made history last night (Sat., Jan 20, 2018) at UFC 220 by defeating Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (see it) to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title for the third straight time.
In taking out “The Predator,” Miocic defeated a man many thought would be the one to end his reign, and the promotion leading up to it did very little to defend a claim that UFC wanted Ngannou as the face of the division.
In the end, it didn’t matter as Miocic made sure the belt stayed with him, proving once and for all that he is the greatest heavyweight to ever fight inside the Octagon.
“It was the Stipe show tonight. It wasn’t about him. It was about me, because I’m the champ. I broke the record. I’m the best,” said Stipe during the post-fight presser.
“Now it (the record) means something to me. I beat the guy everybody that I couldn't beat. It’s that much sweeter,” he said. “‘This guy is a phenom, he’s one in a million,” mocked Stipe. “Well guess what? he lost to a Midwest boy that is 50 pounds lighter than him. I’m the greatest heavyweight. I defend it three times and no one has ever done that.
As for feeling disrespected by UFC president Dana White, Miocic didn’t have much to say in the matter.
“I don’t know, and I really don’t care,” he said, who took the belt away from White and handed it to his coach to have him put in on him instead of the boss. “My dude,” Miocic said of his coach. “He respects me, and I respect him. End of story.”
“Those dudes right there, they are my family. They respect me, I respect them and they come with me and we got to war no mater what happens, win lose or draw. That’s my family and we respect each other, no matter the situation.”
At the end of the day, Miocic reiterated his greatness, saying that his resume simply speaks for itself.
“Fuck yeah, I do (greatest of all time.) No one’s ever defended it three times. I had a killer’s row to get to it. I had a hard path to get to the title, and I had a hard path to defend the title,” he added.
“Top dudes, Arlovski, Werdum in Brazil in front of 40,000. Next guy, Overeem, killer, K-1 champion who hits like a ton of bricks. Next guy JDS, who I lost to. Now I had a guy who was a phenom. Nothing’s ever easy, but I’ve never had an easy road. That’s what I like about being from Cleveland, nothing is ever given.”
Hard to argue with that.
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