Stipe Miocic Says He Has a Solution for Francis Ngannou’s Early Display of Power

Published 03/24/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Francis Ngannou looks on between rounds against Stipe Miocic in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


Stipe Miocic will look to defend his throne against Francis Ngannou this weekend. The greatest heavyweight of all time is looking to make five successful defenses of his title over the course of two terms. But he has a stern test against ‘The Predator’, who is looking to set the score level against him.

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Ngannou possesses scry knockout power, especially in the first round of the fight. The key to defeating him is to weather the early storm he provides. Miocic knows that first-hand as he successfully managed to do that in their first contest at UFC 220. Miocic revealed his plans to survive the first part of their fight this term.

In a chat with Morning Kombat, Miocic said, “No, he hits hard. There’s no question. I think, you know, he does bring the power, I think, but if I get my hands up and my chin down, I’ll you know, I’ll be good. Yeah, I’ll get hit. It’s a fight. You know. Unfortunately, I get touched up easily.

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He does hit hard. But as long as I weather the storm, I’ll be good,” added the Cleveland firefighter. Miocic also revealed the advantages he believes to possess over Ngannou.

Speed is the key to success for Stipe Miocic at UFC 260

Miocic is exceptionally fast for a heavyweight. Combined with that, his slick movement makes him elusive for opponents to hit. The Ohio native plans to use those skills to his advantage against ‘The Predator’.

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)

When asked about his speed advantage, Miocic revealed, “I think the one thing not just with Francis, in every one of my fights, I say my speed, I think I’ve good speed. And I think I’ve gotten faster. As I’ve gotten older I feel more ease, and I feel more efficient and I feel good.

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The champ certainly has his game plan chalked out. One thing that makes him stand out from the rest of the heavyweights is that he always has a perfect plan to get the better of his opponents. Combined with that, he uses his strengths accordingly to execute them. He will further solidify his legacy as the greatest heavyweight of all time if he adds yet another title defense to the record book for him.

Will Miocic reign supreme yet again at UFC 260? Or is it time for ‘The Predator‘ to conquer the gold? Who’s your pick?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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