Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stipe Miocic beat the odds and Francis Ngannou on Saturday night to defend his UFC heavyweight championship for a record third time in a row. At the post-fight press conference, the normally modest firefighter and baddest man on the planet was exultant.

Miocic was asked at the post-fight press conference if he felt he was the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, and replied honestly.

“F*** yeah I do,” explained Miocic, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting.

“No one’s ever defended it three times. I’ve done it and I had a killers row of fighters to get to it. I had a hard path to get to the title, and I’ve had a hard path to defend the title. I had top dudes. I had to fight Arlovski, then I had to fight Werdum in Brazil in front of 45,000 people. Crazy. Next guy, (Overeem, killer, K-1 champ, hits like a ton of bricks. Next guy, JDS, who I lost to. Now I got a guy who’s a phenom. Nothing’s ever easy. I know fighting ain’t easy, but I never had an easy road. Everything was hard.”

“I feel like he couldn’t put me away in that first round and I could see it, his will was dwindling away. He’s a tough dude, there’s no question. He’s really good, but I felt his will dwindling away. I could see it in his face. He couldn’t believe I was still there.

“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, there’s no question, he’s got a great career ahead of him. He’s a tough dude, but listen, man, I’ve got that fighting spirit and I ain’t going to stop. Daily grind.”

“I beat the guy that everyone thought I couldn’t beat, so it made it that much sweeter. ‘This guy’s a phenom, he’s one-in-a-million, blah, blah, blah.’ Well guess what? He lost. He lost to a Midwest boy that’s 40 pounds lighter than him. And I’m the greatest heavyweight. I defended it three times. No one’s ever done that.

“It was the Stipe show tonight. It wasn’t about him. It was about me, because I’m the champ. I broke the record. I’m the best.”

Yah he is.