Stipe Miocic makes history as he digs deep to beat Francis Ngannou

UFC 220: Miocic v Ngannou

History has been made in the UFC.

Stipe Miocic became the first heavyweight ever to defend his belt three times after he was able to successfully see off Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 last night.

Miocic, 35, has held the UFC heavyweight title since May 2016, and had already seen off the challenges of Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos.

Ngannou had stopped all of his previous opponents at UFC, but had never gone past the second round, and Miocic’s experience and stamina showed in Boston.

The Cameroonian-Frenchman came out strong in the early exchanges, but Miocic held firm and dished out punishment of his own.

After seemingly going hell for leather in the opening exchanges, it was quickly apparent that Ngannou's stamina was about to be seriously tested.

As for Miocic, he was just getting started and just warming up.

Ngannou began to tire in the third after Miocic pinned him to the cage and landed some knee shots.

There was no knockout, but Miocic had landed 100 more strikes than his opponent and won by unanimous decision 50-44.

UFC 220: Miocic v Ngannou

Stamina was a bit part in the fight, and although most people thought Ngannou's raw power and physique would be enough to topple Miocic, it was the champ's durability that shone through on the night.

Of course, after the victory, he took to Twitter to celebrate, and unlike most, he needed no words to show just how good he is.

After all, a picture 1,000 words.

On the same bill, Daniel Cormier (20-1) defended his UFC light-heavyweight title with a domination of Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (16-1).

Cormier, 38, was reinstated as champion after Jon Jones failed a drug test following their rematch last year, and the fight was stopped two minutes in the second round after Cormier had Oezdemir pinned and struck blows into his face for a TKO win by punches.

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