Daniel Cormier Baffled Over People's Expectations Going Into UFC 220

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

Miocic is on the cusp of achieving his own special piece of history as he attempts to become the first UFC heavyweight to defend the title on three consecutive occasions, but in Ngannou's eyes according to his appearance on the UFC 220 media conference call, he just can't afford Miocic any longer than two rounds when the octagon doors close. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is set to defend his gold against Francis Ngannou.

The most feared man on the UFC roster laid out his measured but confident prediction for his upcoming UFC 220 heavyweight championship showdown with Stipe Miocic. "It's always fun to go out and prove these guys wrong". "More so this time than what happened in the last fight but my goal is always to go out and dominate and that's what I've done for the vast majority of my career".

Twice Cormier has been pitted against the troubled Jon Jones and twice he was defeated, most recently in July. "It's just insane. I really do feel pressure, because I want pressure, but I like making people say, "Well, I guess he wasn't the guy that was going to knock 'DC" out.' That's fine to me, to kind of just stick it to people". "When I look at guys like Anthony Johnson and Volkan Oezdemir, for people to think they're just going to beat me, to me it's just insane".

"You've got to look at a guy's entire body of work".

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Cormier doesn't see any scenario in which he's added to Oezdemir's highlight reel of nasty finishes.

"I don't really worry too much about anything but the person that's in front of me", Cormier said. "I believe it's just because they're exciting". The fight gets going and all of a sudden, it's over.

"It's about what you have mentally, all around mixed martial arts game, experience". When I go to my training camp, I train my conditioning, everything, I prepare [for] a regular fight, for the regular round fight. When I look at guys like Anthony Johnson and Volkan Oezdemir, for people to think they're just going to beat me, to me it's just insane.

It's a restrained but ultimately confident prediction from the challenger but when you consider what he managed to do to the veteran Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, it's hard to write his chances off - especially over the scheduled five rounds.

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