Saturday night UFC fans were treated to two of the deadliest men on the planet. Stipe Miocic stood in the TD Garden defending his heavyweight title for a third consecutive bout, a feat never before accomplished in UFC history. Francis Ngannou, fresh off the terrifying knockout of Alistair Overeem , looked to dethrone the working class hero and begin his own terrifying reign as scariest man on earth.
As expected, Ngannou landed a few terrifying shots early, proving once again his hands are comprised mostly of cinder blocks, but that is where the Ngannou offensive stalled. Stipe shook off solid strikes early, maintained composure, executed the game plan and emerged victorious. Simple as that.
It became obvious early that Francis didn’t have the stamina to last 25 minutes. Round after round, Miocic was able to take advantage of his endurance, shooting single and double leg takedowns like a wrestling clinic. Ngannou was left to cover up and pray for the horn.
Ngannou was so gassed he didn’t throw a strike during the entire fourth round.
— Prototype Jack (@PrototypeJack17) January 21, 2018
Unfortunately, last night’s bout has been criticized by the deepest of Twitter meatballs. To anyone who says the fight was boring or featured talentless fighters, let me stop you there and make sure were all on the same page. Because the fight didn’t end in a bloody knockout you’re not satisfied? Because they’re heavyweights and one utilized a contrarian tactical advantage, you’re ready to trash the card and the fighters? Get Lost!
Need I remind you of the slop that division used to produce. Overweight, out of shape, inferior athletes whose only skill sets were chucking knucks. There was no difference between that product and two drunks flinging their arms at the bar. There is a reason why the title was never defended more than twice until last night. One dimensional fighting wasn’t and isn’t a premiere product and will never attract more fans.
Was it the stand up, knockdown, drag-out fight we all expected? No. However, we all know Miocic was never going to win that way. So I ask you what’s more important. Stipe entertaining the meatball jackasses of the world or executing a superior strategy and bringing home the belt?
Regardless of your opinion on the fight, it is crystal clear, Stipe Miocic is the baddest man on earth.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) January 21, 2018
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