Francis Ngannou Knocks Out Stipe Miocic to win heavyweight title at UFC 260
28 Mar 2021
Francis Ngannou became Africa’s third UFC World Champion after knocking out Stipe Miocic in the second round at UFC 260.
Now joining Nigerians Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya, The 34-year-old, Cameroonian avenged his UFC 220 loss to Stipe in spectacular fashion brutally knocking the American out with a hard left hand.
Miocic who dominated Ngannou over five rounds for a landslide unanimous decision victory in 2018, was left in a heap as the former child sand miner’s composure and patience paid off in an explosive KO punch.
After clinching the title, Ngannou said: “I feel great man. It’s been three years that I have been living without it, I always thought that I could have it three years ago, so tonight there wasn’t a place for mistakes.”
Ngannou also wasted no time calling out Jon Jones, who is expected to move up to heavyweight to challenge for the title later this year.
“For my opinion, Jon Jones is the greatest of all time in mixed martial arts. Him moving up is going to be a good thing,” he said.
“He’s a challenge I will take and it will be a very good thing on the resume. But this time he is the challenger. I am the champ. He’s coming up, looking for me.
“So I’m ready any time soon. Even summer, I will be here, ready to fight in July or August. Whenever they are ready, I’m ready. He said something, ‘Show me the money’. Show the money and we’ll go, baby. I’m here.”
Dana White however hinted that Jones may not be as enthusiastic to make the fight happen as Ngannou, saying in the post fight presser:
“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I’d start moving to ’85,”
“I could sit here all day and tell you what ‘show me the money means.’ I tell you guys this all time, you can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?
“I promise you, we can all Derrick Lewis and one of these other heavyweights, and they want the fight. If Jon Jones wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight. All he’s got to do is call and do it.”