Stipe Miočić feels UFC wants Francis Ngannou to beat him
With a victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220, Mioćić would become the first fighter in UFC history to defend the heavyweight title three consecutive times.
However, Ngannou is the one who has received the bulk of the promotional push. And that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the champion.
“Obviously, for sure,” Miocic said on the MMAHour. “Listen, I feel a little bit disrespected, but I’m not going to dwell on it.”
“He’s got more hype on him I guess,” Miocic said. “The guy hits super hard. We’re making a big thing about it. I’ve fought some good guys, you know? That’s how we are. I’m not much of a trash talker I just like to fight, that’s what I do.”
“All the pressure is on him, honestly. … The best guys he’s faced, I knocked them out two years ago. So, whatever.”
“I won’t dwell on that,” Miocic said. “They took care of it. They did take care of it. Yeah, next question.”
“I saw the one submission he had against Anthony Hamilton, the Kimura or whatever, I saw that, but I haven’t really seen any ground work,” Miocic said. “I haven’t really watched, I’ve seen that fight and Andrei Arlovski’s fight are what I’ve seen watching him fight.”
“He definitely has the hype behind him,” Miocic said. “He definitely has the punching power behind him. So, we’ll see on January 20 how things go.”