It was obvious that the UFC wanted Stipe to lose by the way they hyped this fight and there were a ton of uninformed opinions that spelled doom for Stipe.
Stipe's boxing is underrated. He was an excellent golden gloves fighter. And he was a collegiate wrestler. A good wrestler can control where the fight takes place and that's exactly what he did. It was obvious watching Stipe get side control that Ngannou had no idea what to do on his back. Stipe was always a more well-rounded fighter and this outcome shouldn't be as shocking as it is.
I love seeing a Cleveland guy, OSU fan and a firefighter achieve this kind of excellence.
You are correct. The only champion I can recall that was more disrespected was Amanda Nunes when she was set to fight Rousey. At least Rousey was a dominant champ for a while. Ngannou should have a bright future ahead, mainly because the HW division is not very deep, but he has a ton of learning on his ground game if he wants to compete with guys like Cain or Werdum.
Stipe is the GOAT UFC HW Champion and I loved his taking the belt from Dana to give to a coach to put it on. Congrats!
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Was terrified the whole fight
Stipe had a great game plan and just dominated the fight. The first round was so tense and every punch could have won the fight. Stipe winning the 4th round 82-0 in strikes might be the craziest thing I’ve seen. Stipe’s title reign has been really impressive. I have a feeling we will see the these two fight again.
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The link in the OP did not work for me, here is another good one I found detailing the fight.
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Thanks for the link. Mine doesn't work because they totally posted the wrong outcome! Hence the Dewey vs Truman reference.
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Stipe had a great plan, executed it well and just dominated that fight. Definitely on the edge of your seat when nganno was throwing punches in the first but after the first it was game over. As Bucked up mentioned it seemed like IFC had all but anointed nganno before the fight even happened and I’m glad stipe showed that it still pays to be a well rounded fighter with the stamina and experience to go 5 rounds. Nganno really looked like he didn’t know what he was doing after the first. They might fight again but nganno has some work to do before he can compete with stipe’s ground game.
Stipe is the baddest man . Dude took a few huge shots and dominated the fight.
I was scared too- Ngannou is crazy strong, and it was obvious even in the later rounds thst Miocic was struggling to keep him down and contained. Incredibly smart gameplan by Cleveland's finest.
A man got to have a code...
Dude is Cleveland to the bone. He will be back at the firehouse mopping floors tomorrow.
You couldn't be more right. His title and successful defenses haven't changed him one bit (except his back account). What a great guy.
Stipe fought this weekend? Thought the only great fighters who fought were Sonnen verses Rampage? Yes, Im being sarcastic. Congrats to Stipe, he fought a great game plan against a very dangerous opponent.
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I just have a hard time with Dana the UFC and the media blowing smoke up everyones asses with Ngannou. Sure he punches like hell, but it's 2018. You can't be 1 dimensional in 2018 and expect to win regularly. Maybe in 2010 you could, but not now. Ngannou had as much of a clue of what to do on the ground as I would have. If it wasn't for Stipe fighting I probably would have dozed off.
Also impressed they both but specifically Stipe took a shot to the head and didn't get knocked out.
Who are these people?
Stipe broke the Cleveland title curse and is one hell of a guy, as he is still a firefighter despite being the baddest man on the planet. Kyle Snyder was sitting front row when Stipe defended his belt in Cleveland, and he may one day occupy the same position of UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Ngannou will be back. Stipe has lost before in the UFC too. In fact, he got TKO'd.
With the number of title defenses currently kind of hard not to say he is the best pound for pound fighter on the planet.
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I love Stipe and his record for heavyweight title defenses is incredible. That being said, I'd have a hard time putting him above Mighty Mouse in the P4P rankings.
Stipe being 20 lbs short of the HW limit is a big deal in terms of P4P to me. At 245 he's beating (some) guys who have to cut down to 265, whereas Mighty Mouse had to drop to the new 125 division to have the kind of success he's having.
He's incredible no doubt, but I'm curious to see what happens when he fights Dillashaw.
Mighty Mouse is the GOAT in my mind.
Desymond, I have a hard time taking a man that is 125 lbs seriously enough to call them the goat. I was 5'4 125 when I was in the 3rd grade so I guess I have a different view of the sports world. I have never been a fan of the P4P tag because it just gives guys that couldn't possibly beat a heavyweight under any circumstances a participation trophy. To me its all about being the toughest, baddest fighter on the planet and right now that is Stipe...
That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.
Let's see how he fares against DC, someone who also deserves mention as one of the best P4P fighters in the UFC--and someone he won't be able to take down.
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Ngannou has no idea what to do on the ground, but he has so much power it doesn’t even matter in most fights. If he ever becomes well rounded, lookout. I don’t get the people complaining about the hype for him though. Who else was more deserving? Hype sells, it’s not like the UFC is going to come out and say this guy is marginal. He is so raw (I think less than 6 years fighting) yet he is a danger to everyone.
just another guy imo
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Stipe will defend his title vs LHW champ Daniel Cormier in July at UFC 226
Can't wait. Also shows Cain is probably not coming back anytime soon if Cormier is taking the fight.
That would be my guess being that they are training partners. But even if Cain was coming back relatively soon, he would at least have to win a fight to get a title shot. And if he were to come back and lose before facing Stipe the his career would be in jeopardy.
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I am sure Daniel didn't take the fight and plan on losing. If he intends to be the Champ in Cain's division than there wouldn't be a fight between them before he retired in 2019. Makes me believe Cain is another year away.
I don't see Cormier getting out of the 1st with Stipe. Sure DC can wrestle but Stipe has him on size, reach, and power. I like DC but this does not look to be a good matchup for him.
I agree with you 100 percent. I just mean that DC doesn't want to fight his friend. So if Cain is close we all know he would only be a fight or two at the max from getting a shot at the title. There is no way DC intends to win that title and then fight Cain. I am assuming(which makes me an ass I know) DC's intention is to win both titles and have one last go out in glory against whomever and then retire and let Cain face the number one contender at the time. Just my theory.
On a side note. I totally get why Stipe didn't due to the raw strength he(his opponent) had, but Francis left his neck open way too much in the late rounds. If Stipe could add even a little submission threat he would be unstoppable.
After all this chatter, does anyone have a link to watch the fight?
Mmashare.com has all the fights by the next day.
Thank you, and a tip of the hat.