UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou was one of the most feared fighters in his division, and it is an impression he brought through his title fight at UFC 220 against Stipe Miocic. That aura of invincibility dissipated when he was defeated via unanimous decision, as he looked to have almost no answers to the champion’s wrestling.
According to Daniel Cormier, however, it would have been a totally different story if he was in Miocic’s shoes at the time.
“Man, this dude is a good champion — he is,” Cormier said of Miocic during the UFC 226 open workouts scrum on Wednesday (via MMA Fighting). “And I love Francis Ngannou. I think he’s a great guy. But if I spent 22 minutes on top of him, I would have gotten four or five submissions and found a way to get some TKO stoppages.”
If anything, Cormier is simply content with where he is currently at, and how he has positioned himself to be back at heavyweight fighting for the world title.
“This guy has done things that no other heavyweight has been able to do and I’ve defended that light heavyweight title three times,” Cormier said. “And then you got a guy in me that’s going back to the weight class he started in. So it’s almost like my career is coming full circle.”
“When I was in the heavyweight division, Stipe and I were in the heavyweight division at the same time,” he continued. “I was ranked No. 2 in the world before I went down. He was still a prospect. So, I’ve lived in that division for a long time.”
“There is no part of me that is afraid of Stipe Miocic. And in terms of styles, the fact that he does a lot of his best work inside works to my advantage.”
Miocic and Cormier will be headlining UFC 226 this Saturday, July 7th in Las Vegas to cap off International Fight Week.