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Francis Ngannou flashbacks what went wrong in the first Stipe Miocic fight 

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon looks on after defeating Jair Rozenstruik (not pictured) of Suriname in their Heavyweight fight during UFC 249

Francis Ngannou will face Stipe Miocic for the second time on March 27 at UFC 260 main event.  Ngannou lost their first last matchup in 2018. The Predator explained his mistakes from that first bout.

It was January 20, 2018, when Ngannou faced Miocic to defend his UFC heavyweight title. He couldn’t get a change in front of the Silencer. Miocic found Ngannou’s weak point, which was taking him down to the ground. Although he took a significant number of strikes from Ngannou, Miocic’s all-around abilities got him a win via unanimous decision.

Now that Francis Ngannou will battle the 38-year-old for one more time, he explained the mistakes he made in the first bout. Ngannou actually was not ready for that fight, “I still remember I was asking myself, ‘How does it feel to fight a third round?’ How do I prepare for a title fight?,” he said.

While entering that fight, the Predator was having an 11-1 record with ten winning streaks. He was overconfident during that time, “I hadn’t found my spot in life at that moment. I was in the air, but I didn’t know where to land,” Ngannou conveyed.

That loss against Miocic completely changed Francis Ngannou, and he worked hard to develop himself. Now he is the hardest recorded puncher in UFC history and won via first-round knockout in the last four fights.

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How did Francis Ngannou change himself?

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Following that UFC 220 loss, Ngannou revamped everything. He started hitting the training camp at Las Vegas and hired an agent to assemble a support system around him. Besides, he appointed a new coach, a social media manager, and more than ten assistants to figure out training to sports psychology to marketing.

By early 2019, exactly one year after the catastrophic defeat, Ngannou believed he was ready to rule. Now he feels he has  synchronized his preparation with experience and caught up with his talent.


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