Ngannou: I learned more vs. Miocic than in the past four years
Five years ago UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou was homeless on the streets of Paris. His rise has been meteoric. Saturday night in the main event of UFC 220 he was defeated by Stipe Miocic; but at the post-fight press conference, ‘The Predator’ described the loss as a massive growth experience. And he conceded he punched himself out in the first two rounds; he thought he could KO Miocic heading into the championship rounds, but his Ground and Pounded body didn’t cooperate.
“I’ve been in this sport only four years, and I know I’ll keep learning and improving,” said Ngannou to Matt Erickson and Steven Marrocco for MMAjunkie. “What happened tonight was the last step for me to learn about this sport, because it’s the only thing I’ve never faced – a five-round fight, and how to deal with it. I made a mistake, and that will not happen again.”
“I came here today to win the fight. I just discovered a new part that I was ignorant about.”
“The problem is I underestimated my opponent, and I went too hard in the first round, and he was tougher than I thought. So he resisted, and he put together a better game plan than me.”
“I’m going to keep improving and come back stronger than I was,” he said. “I learned more (at UFC 229) than I did in the past four years.”
The fighter also dismissed suggestions that a hard weight cut had sapped his strength, and that he needs to move to a super camp instead of training with his original coach at the UFC Performance Institute. So expect Ngannou to improve, and return.