Francis Ngannou: ‘Miočić is the champion because the real champion wasn’t there’
Francis Ngannou believes the UFC heavyweight champion’s reign might soon come to an end.
“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,” Ngannou told MMAjunkie. “Now the real champ is on the way, and (Miocic) is not going to be the champion as long.”
Miocic and Ngannou will meet in the heavily anticipated main event of UFC 220, which takes place January 20 at in Boston.
Ngannou was born in Cameroon and he trained in France before a recent move to Las Vegas. He also said he occasionally takes for granted how quick he’s made his way to the top.
“Sometimes I feel like it’s normal because even before my UFC debut, I always believed in myself,” Ngannou said. “I always believed even before I started the sport in my life that I can do something really great. That’s probably the reason that I started the sport – because I feel that when you feel something in you and something that you can’t explain, you just have to do it to show people.”
“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.”
“I’m not just looking to beat Stipe and be the champion and be complete. No, I’m looking forward to doing something really (special). I don’t know what, but maybe something that someone has never done.”