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Francis Ngannou: Stipe Miocic became champion because I wasn’t there

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Heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou talks about his chances against current champion Stipe Miocic.

After six UFC wins, all of which by stoppage, Francis Ngannou has earned himself a title shot against current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. However, the Cameroonian-French fighter feels it he would have been the title-holder a long time ago.

“You say he’s the champion for a reason, yes, he’s the champion for a reason: He’s the champion because the real champ wasn’t there. Now the real champ is on the way, and (Miocic) is not going to be the champion as long,” Ngannou told MMAjunkie.

For his part, Miocic is not worried at all about Ngannou’s power that knocked out the likes of Alistair Overeem and Andre Arlovksi. Ngannou, on the other hand, believes the champion be wary of what he can bring to the table.

“Of course he’s a good wrestler, but my little technique, plus my power, I can stop it anywhere I want, when I want,” Ngannou said. “Every single thing that he will try, I will stop it. I will put my trap everywhere, so he might bring himself in the trap, and I will just close the trap.”

Ngannou and Miocic will headline UFC 220 on January 20th at the TD Garden in Boston. It will be co-headlined by another title fight between light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir.


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