UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has become quite the rebel over the past year. Since ascending to the throne in the 265-pound division, Miocic became involved in contract disputes with his employers…
There was no real secret in who the UFC wanted to win at this past weekend’s PPV. Reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic experienced a similar run-up to UFC 220 as Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Although Miocic was on the cusp of breaking the title defense record at heavyweight, the promotion seemed set on pouring the limelight onto Francis Ngannou. Comparing Ngannou to a ‘Ford Escort travelling at top speed,’ the UFC somewhat shamelessly overpromoted ‘The Predator.’
This isn’t to say the scary force of Ngannou’s punches isn’t going to attract fans, but there’s a line between promotion and d*ck riding. Needless to say, Miocic was not in the mood for Dana White after UFC 220.
He even snubbed the UFC president when attempted to wrap the belt around his waist in the octagon.
Miocic All Business After Ngannou Domination
Although he got clipped a few times, Miocic never looked in danger of losing his belt. Giving up 40 pounds to his opponent at UFC 220, the champ never wavered in the face of ‘The Predator’s’ heavy hands.
Speaking with MMAFighting.com during the post-fight presser, Miocic declared himself the best heavyweight of all-time. He also revealed a spat he had with Dana White before last Saturday’s record-breaking win:
Hey Stipe, Think You’re The GOAT?
“F*ck yeah I do,” Miocic said at UFC 220’s post-fight press conference.
“No one’s ever defended it three times. I’ve done it and I had a killers row of fighters to get to it. I had a hard path to get to the title, and I’ve had a hard path to defend the title. I had top dudes. I had to fight (Andrei) Arlovski, then I had to fight (Fabricio) Werdum in Brazil in front of 45,000 people. Crazy. Next guy, (Alistair) Overeem, killer, K-1 champ, hits like a ton of bricks.
Next guy, ‘JDS’ (Junior dos Santos), who I lost to. Now I got a guy who’s a phenom. Nothing’s ever easy. I know fighting ain’t easy, but I never had an easy road. Everything was hard.”
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“Listen man, I’m not worried about repairing anything.”
“I called him (Dana White) out when he told me we were butting heads. I called him out, And he was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He denied it!”
“Listen man, I’ve got the fighting spirit. It’s going to take a lot more to take me out. Ford Escort, Ford F-150, I don’t really care, I’m going to keep coming. He’s a tough dude, there’s no question, he’s got a great career ahead of him. He’s a tough dude, but listen, man, I’ve got that fighting spirit and I ain’t going to stop. Daily grind.”