Stipe Miocic suffered a heavy defeat in the fight for the UFC title in a rematch against Francis Ngannou. The Cameroonian defeated Miocic with a brutal knockout at the beginning of the second round.
Stipe shut down as the blow landed straight on his chin. Ngannou wanted to make sure he was the new champion and threw himself at Stipe, hitting him once more before Herb Dean interrupted the fight.
It was a very weak showing by Miocic, who fired only a few punches in just under six minutes. Ngannou was dominant from the first to the last second of the fight, while Miocic was passive – and the fact that he did not fire a single hit in the first round speaks volumes.
Francis Ngannou deservedly won the UFC title. He adjusted his style and tactics, responded to Miocic’s strength in their first fight, and used his greatest qualities in the best way.
So, what does this mean for Stipe?
Stipe Miocic has defended the heavyweight belt four times and lost it twice so far – but will he have time to win it back?
At 38 years old, Stipe does not have too much time left to achieve great things in his career. He has already shown why he was called the best UFC heavyweight in history, and there is no need to prove himself. If he had beaten Ngannou at UFC 260, another fight would have awaited him, a super-fight against Jon Jones.
After the fight, Ngannou himself expressed his desire to fight Jon Jones, which could be the best-selling UFC fight in history. Stipe will still have to wait for the winner of that duel for his superfight, be it a trilogy with Ngannou or a coveted match with Jones for the best in history.
The only chance to see Stipe with Jones first is for Dana White to give a chance to Derrick Lewis, who had already beaten Ngannou right after Miocic in 2018.
We’ll see if Stipe, meanwhile, accepts a fight against someone other than Ngannou or Jones. It is increasingly likely that the legendary fighter will wait until the end of this year or 2022 for another last chance for immortality.
Stipe will be remembered as one of the greatest, no matter how he ended his career, and to the Croatian fans, along with the legendary Cro Cop, there is no better fighter.
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