Stipe Miocic before Jon Jones fight at UFC 295: ‘I hit a lot harder than people think’

Stipe Miocic is unfazed by the betting odds ahead of his UFC title fight against Jon Jones.

Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) challenges Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC) for the heavyweight championship in the UFC 295 headliner Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The former two-time UFC heavyweight champ has scored knockouts in 15 of his 20 professional wins, including finishes of former champs Daniel Cormier, Junior Dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum. Miocic believes his power is being overlooked in this fight with Jones.

“Throwing bombs, having fun, and just do what I do, bring the fight,” Miocic said in an interview with “I think (Jones needs to worry about my) speed, my angles. I think punching power. I hit a lot harder than people think. And then I think I have great IQ. I always change it up and when something happens, I figure a way out.”

According to BetMGM, Miocic is a +290 underdog, meaning a $100 bet on the former champion would net a $290 profit. Jones is a -375 favorite, meaning a $375 bet would be needed on the champion to return $100 profit.

Miocic is being heavily underestimated against Jones and the odds are reflective of that. But Miocic has been there before and has learned not to let it get to him over the years.

“It took me a couple fights, but after a while, I just stopped caring what everyone thought,” Miocic said. “I just don’t care anymore. You think I’m going to lose? Good for you. You’re going to waste a lot of money now. (If) you’re going to bet against me, you’re going to waste some money. Sorry for that, but on to the next.”

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