Stipe Miocic is coming into biggest of all-time territory in terms of UFC heavyweights.
This Saturday at UFC 260, Miocic defends his crown in opposition to the scary Francis Ngannou for a second time following his emphatic win in opposition to him in 2018.
The 38-year-old’s campaign to glory, although, started two years earlier when recorded a first-round knockout of former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195.
As quickly as Miocic scored the end, he ran over to the place UFC president Dana White was sitting cageside and repeatedly screamed for his shot on the heavyweight title.
“My feelings have been going loopy,” Miocic defined of his confrontation with White. “I desire a shot at that title, it’s every part I labored for. I don’t actually care anymore. I would like my shot, I do know I can win that belt and convey it again to Cleveland.”
White obliged Miocic and gave him a shot in his subsequent combat simply 4 months later.
“Who the hell was going to say no to him? He was like a psycho – in fact I wasn’t going to say no,” White mentioned afterwards.
Fabricio Werdum was the person with belt and as if combating him wasn’t exhausting sufficient, he needed to face him in his residence nation of Brazil.
However Miocic surprised everybody by scoring one other first spherical knockout and he’s by no means seemed again.
He now owns probably the most consecutive heavyweight title defences at three and probably the most total at 4 in two reigns. He has accomplished a improbable trilogy with Daniel Cormier – of which he got here out on prime 2-1 – and has defeated Alistair Overeem, avenged a loss to former champion Junior Dos Santos and crushed the formidable Ngannou.
Now a two-time champion, if he defeats Ngannou for a second time, it units up a titanic conflict with light-heavyweight GOAT Jon Jones.
A victory there would really cement him as the best heavyweight of all-time and perhaps put him within the dialogue as greatest ever, a dialog Jones definitely resides in.
Ngannou represents a really critical impediment, however Miocic has confirmed he is aware of how one can navigate the Cameroonian beforehand.
If we are able to get to the best heavyweight ever versus the best light-heavyweight ever, then legacies will actually be outlined.