‘Stipe Gets That Fight Pretty Easy’- Former UFC Champion TJ Dillashaw Gives a Bold Prediction for Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou

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February 22, 2021 4:00 pm

The rematch between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic is set to headline the UFC 260 PPV in March. The excitement is palpable as Miocic won his trilogy against Daniel Cormier, and Ngannou claimed four consecutive first-round KOs. Given the run of both combatants, the MMA world has its sights keenly set on this battle, and a former champion offered his prediction.

Recently, in an interview with Mike Swick from Fight CAT, TJ Dillashaw shared his insights on the heavyweight showdown which will unfold in the UFC Apex.

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He said, “I don’t think Ngannou is gonna really pick up the wrestling as fast as he needs to um it’s a tough sport to pick up as well as he’s a very muscle-bound guy and grappling gets you tired um as well as he’s gonna be so afraid to get taken down that he’s not gonna let his hands go as much um I think Stipe gets that fight pretty easy.”

This could mean that Dillashaw is expecting an encore of their first bout.

A look back on Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou

The last time “The Predator” faced Miocic in UFC 220, he could not let his hands fly and looked like a completely different fighter. He will be keen to make amends and show that no one should not doubt him based on the first fight.

Francis Ngannou has come a long way from his first fight with Stipe. In every aspect like power, striking, grappling, he has developed to be a champion. ‘The Predator’ knows what he has to do in terms of a five-round battle because he has been there before.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Likewise, the 38-year-old big man is a fighter who carries a lot of experience and has developed his skills as well. Miocic is one of those heavyweight fighters who is very precise in his shots and is well disciplined.

Furthermore, he has fought the best of the best fighters all along and has proved how good he is inside the octagon.

The big question will be over whose improvements have been greater. What do you make of Dillashaw’s assessment of the heavyweight title fight?

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Joel John

Joel John is an MMA author at EssentiallySports and is based in Bangalore. His love for UFC started after Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the promotion and took down some legends. He is also a die-hard fan of Lewis Hamilton. Joel is a musician who can play 6 different instruments. He is a writer by day and a musician by night.

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