BOSTON – It’s a bit of a no-brainer to Stipe Miocic if you ask him if he feels disrespected to be the underdog in a title fight as the UFC’s heavyweight champion.
“How would you feel?” Miocic asked after a Wednesday workout in Boston.
Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) is the underdog – as champion – to challenger Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the UFC 220 main event, which takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Ngannou checks in as a -175 favorite, no doubt in large part thanks to his December “Knockout of the Year” starching of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 in Detroit.
“I’m so used to it by now,” Miocic said. “I love being the underdog because I shut everyone up. That’s what this sport’s all about – it’s like ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’ … I’m walking out ‘and still.’ No one (else) is going to be champion until I leave.
“I’m going to go out there and do my job. That’s what I do every time. I know he’s a big, tough guy, and he hits hard, but so do I. I pack a little punch. I might be smaller than him, but it’s all good.”
The champ has seen Ngannou’s KO power, but to presume he can’t bring the same power would be faulty, he thinks.
“A lot of people don’t think (I have power), and they wake up looking at the lights,” Miocic said. “I can stand with anyone, but I’m going to do what I do. I have the best coaches in the world, a great game plan, I’m going to go out and execute and walk out ‘and still.’”
For more from Miocic, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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