Stipe Miocic outpoints Francis Ngannou to set UFC heavyweight record with third straight title defense
Stipe Miocic was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Francis Ngannou. AP  

BOSTON — Stipe Miocic set the UFC heavyweight record with his third straight successful title defense, turning the anticipated slugfest against Francis Ngannou into a methodical ground-and-pound bout in the main event of UFC 220.

Miocic won 50-44 on all three scorecards early on Sunday and was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Ngannou.

Miocic (18-2) and Ngannou (11-2) had UFC fans buzzing with perhaps the most-hyped heavyweight title bout since Brock Lesnar was the class of the division. Both fighters have a history of finishing off their foes within two rounds and Ngannou was coming off a nasty knockout win just seven weeks ago.

Both fighters were winded by the third round and Ngannou looked sleepy as he whiffed on a few blows in the fifth.

Miocic and Ngannou tagged each other several times in the first round and both fighters were staggered and in trouble.

But the fight got worse from there. Miocic spent the second and third rounds just banging away as Ngannou covered up, hoping for one last desperate knockout punch.

He never found it.

Miocic beat Fabrício Werdum to win the heavyweight title in May 2016, and followed with wins against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and now Ngannou to slug his way into the record book.

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