Our favorite blue collar Croatian-American from Cleveland did it again Saturday night in Boston, defeating 255-pound Francis Ngannou by unanimous decision to defend his UFC heavyweight belt for a record third straight time.
Miocic stuck with his game plan and got out of the first round where Ngannou, dubbed the strongest punch in the UFC, is most dangerous. Miocic took down Ngannou multiple times and used his ‘ground and pound’ to control the fight, failing to get the Cameroonian in a locked submission hold. Miocic clearly won the first three rounds and only needed to hold on and avoid a dangerous knockout punch to retain the belt. Ngannou was obviously out of gas halfway through the fight but still managed to stay in the game after multiple hits to the face and knees to the torso from Miocic.
Miocic literally defied the odds at UFC 220 in Boston as he was a +140 underdog in Vegas. But the story will be his relationship with the UFC, and even more so, promoter Dana White. It’s no secret Miocic has lacked a bit of personality in the UFC and Dana White has wanted a replacement in the heavyweight division. In the above picture, you can see White a bit stressed as he knew Miocic would take the fight. And when White came into the ring after the fight with the heavyweight belt, Miocic clearly showed disrespect not acknowledging White’s presence.
Miocic is 35 years old with a baby on the way. He’s already a UFC legend with little else to prove. Will he go for one more defense or ride off into the sunset as the greatest UFC heavyweight on history?
The only heavyweight he has not faced is Cain Velasquez, who is also 35 years old. Velasquez held the belt from December 2012 to June 2015, where he lost to Fabricio Werdum. Velasquez last fought in July of 2016 and is currently ranked #4 in the heavyweight class.
What is the champion to do?