UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic really seems to enjoy referring to himself as “the baddest man on the planet.”
During the summer Miocic expressed an interest in crossing over to the world of boxing to face IBF and WBA heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua. When Joshua subsequently claimed that he had never even heard of the Cleveland banger, writing “who the fooook is that guy” next to an article about the call-out, Miocic played the strongest card at his disposal.
. @anthonyfjoshua "This guy" is the universally recognized as the baddest man on the planet. You aren't even the baddest man in the UK.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 19, 2017
A couple of months later, Jon Jones denigrated Miocic in similar fashion. Jones, who had just knocked out Daniel Cormier to briefly reclaim the UFC light-heavyweight title, called for a fight with former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. When asked why he had not called out the reigning heavyweight kingpin instead, Jones claimed Miocic just wasn’t a big enough star.
“I feel like Stipe is relatively unknown to the general public,” said Jones. “It wouldn’t even be a real superfight in my opinion. I think a lot of MMA fans would be super excited about it, but the general public wouldn’t care about that fight.”
In a subsequent interview with FloCombat, Miocic reminded Jones of his credentials.
“I’m the baddest man on the planet for a reason,” Miocic said. “He can think what he wants, whatever. Listen, at the end of the day I am relevant.”
Hey, who can blame the 35-year-old. It’s a nice moniker and he has thoroughly earned it over the last 19 months or so, starching Fabricio Werdum in hostile territory to claim the UFC title in May of 2016 before blowing away two dangerous contenders in brutal fashion.
On January 20th, however, Miocic will face the biggest threat to his beloved moniker so far when he takes on the terrifyingly heavy-handed Francis Ngannou at UFC 220.
Ngannou may not have usurped Miocic yet, but in less than three years with the UFC he has already developed an aura befitting of the baddest man tag. In his most recent bout, the Cameroon-born Frenchman scored one of the most picturesque but simultaneously bone-chilling knockouts in UFC history when he drilled Alistair Overeem with a devastating left hook-cum-uppercut. It was his fifth KO/TKO win in six UFC fights and his sixth finish.
Sufficed to say, Miocic vs. Ngannou is one of the most hotly-anticipated heavyweight fights in years.
If you are not yet pumped for this fight yet (and if that’s the case we’d advise you to get your adrenal glands checked out), scroll down and cast your eyes upon the UFC’s recently released promo for the fight, which plays up “the baddest man on the planet” angle and has us wishing away the first few weeks of the new year.
? BADDEST MEN ON THE PLANET ?
Your official Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou UFC promo has dropped!
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) December 30, 2017