Francis Ngannou admits he ‘hates watching footage of first defeat to Stipe Miocic but vows to avenge the loss’ as headliners take on UFC 260 heavyweight title fight
- Stipe Miocic won a unanimous decision over Francis Ngannou in their first fight
- The heavyweight champion now faces the same man again three years later
- Ngannou believes he has improved in all areas and can now get the job done
- But Mioic has promised to ‘extinguish’ the powerful challenger in the UFC 260 clash
Francis Ngannou admits he doesn’t recognize the fighter who lost to Stipe Miocic in 2018.
The powerful heavyweight challenger was comfortably defeated in his first title shot, but worked his way back to the top of the pile earning another shot in the UFC 260 headlining act this weekend.
Ngannou says he finds it painful to watch the first fight and feels that he didn’t do himself justice.
Francis Ngannou (left) is out to avenge his first defeat to Stipe Miocic this weekend
Miocic comfortably won the first fight and his wrestling was on a different level than Ngannou
At the pre-UFC 260 press conference on Thursday, he said: “I remember the first fight of preparation. I don’t take credit from Stipe, he was the better fighter that night, but I hate watching that fight because I don’t recognize myself, the way I fight, I rush.
‘That guy looks like me, but I don’t recognize him. I made a lot of mistakes leading up to that fight and I wasn’t myself.
‘I didn’t even have any emotion in that fight, I was just there. This time things will be different, I had enough time with my team to document everything properly.
‘I’ve always wanted to fight for the title against Stipe.
‘He made it clear that he was the better fighter and I want to avenge that and prove that I am the best. In terms of skill I have improved a lot and I still have a long way to go in this sport. ‘
Miocic (left) has only lost once since the Ngannou fight and won back the belt
Miocic appreciates that Ngannou has developed as a fighter since their first meeting, although his wrestling has barely been tested to the same degree.
The 34-year-old lost a unanimous decision to Derrick Lewis before going on a sensational run.
He eliminated Curtis Blayes, Junior dos Santos, Cain Velazquez and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. All those finishes were in the first round and he fully deserves his second chance at Miocic.
But the champion, who has since underlined his status as the greatest heavyweight of all time, underscored his credentials with a trilogy win against Daniel Cormier.
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He believes he will ‘extinguish’ Ngannou for the second time on Saturday.
The champion said, ‘He’s definitely gotten better, we’re all evolving, he’s evolved and of course I knew I’d probably see him on the road after the first fight.
‘Listen, it will be a hell of a fight on Saturday. It evolved, you know, but I’m here to put it out again. ‘