Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic declares himself greatest of all-time
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defended his belt and broke a record at UFC 220.
“It was the Stipe show tonight,” Miocic said after defeatingFrancis Ngannou to earn a record third consecutive title defense. “It wasn’t about him. It was about me, because I’m the champ. I broke the record. I’m the best.”
Being unhappy with Dana White and UFC who openly marketed Ngannou as the future champ, Miočić took his heavyweight belt from UFC President Dana White and had his coach put it around his waist.
“My dude,” Miocic said of his choice to have a teammate crown him. “He respects me, and I respect him.”
He was asked whether he respects Dana White.
“I don’t really care,” he said.
Moreover, White is pushing for a superfight with Miočić UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier who defended his title in the co-headliner of UFC 220. Cormier also is open to the idea, but Miocic doesn’t want to make any firm commitments.
“Listen, yeah,” Miocic said when asked if he’d fight Cormier. “Right now, I don’t care. I just got done fighting, like, 45 minutes ago, 25 hard minutes with a tough dude. I don’t really care what’s going on right now. I just want to go home, see my dog and hang out with my wife.”
“He definitely hits hard,” Miocic said on Ngannou. “There’s no question. It’s the heavyweight division. Do you want to get hit by him? Exactly. It sucked.
“Look at my eye. One punch. It was my own fault; I stayed in the line. But I hit him a lot more than he hit me, and that’s why I still have the belt.”
Miocic admits his gameplan was to wear out Ngannou on the mat.
“He’d never been there,” Miocic said of his grappling strategy. “Why not? He caught me in the first round a couple of times, but after that, I took the will out of him. That’s what I do.
“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, no question. He’s got a great career ahead of him. But I’m going to keep coming.”
Miočić believes there’s no more doubt about who’s the baddest man on the planet.
“F*ck yeah, I do (feel like the best ever),” Miocic said. “I had a killer’s row to get to it. I had a hard path to get to the title, and I had a hard path to defend the title. Nothing’s ever easy, but I’ve never had an easy road.”