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.
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.
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.
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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