While Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier were going to war in their trilogy, Francis Ngannou was busy knocking out each man that was placed in front of him. Repeating that feat four times, Ngannou earned his way back to a title fight at UFC 260, thanks to finishes of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos and Jair Rozenstruik. Which set him right back on his way to contender status.
While it may have taken a few years for the rematch between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic to arrive, it was no less intense. Fans love watching two fierce heavyweights battle it out – especially when it’s a rematch. But perhaps more importantly, the extra development time meant that a much-improved Francis Ngannou stepped into the cage at UFC 260.
Of course, both men were searching for their one storybook ending after the main event, with Stipe looking to make history once again in the heavyweight division by passing Randy Couture and being the sole leader with the most heavyweight title fight wins. Francis Ngannou wanted to show the world that his time to be champion was now, and how perfect would it be to start the journey as heavyweight champion by avenging a loss against a man who many consider to be the greatest MMA heavyweight of all time?
In the end, Francis Ngannou got the ending he wanted. And proved that he had learned from his first loss to Stipe in 2018. With surprising patience, he stalked Miocic, finally unloading a bomb that, once it connected, put the lights out for Stipe Miocic. Round two. Knockout. And new.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here are the pros reaction to the heavyweight main event between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic. Including none other than Jon Jones, who may be next at heavyweight. Of course, Jones either wants to get paid for facing Ngannou, or has been binging Cuba Gooding Jr. movies.
Show me the money
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2021
We’re taking gold back to Africa!!
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) March 28, 2021
Congratulations Africa . Now you have 3 @ufc champions
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 28, 2021
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 28, 2021
— Aalon Cruz (@AalonCruz) March 28, 2021
— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) March 28, 2021
Ohhhhhh myyyyyyyy gawwwwd
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 28, 2021
— Mallory Martin (@MalloryyMartin) March 28, 2021
— Vinc Pichel (@FromHellPichel) March 28, 2021
That was naaaaasty!! 😱 #UFC260
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) March 28, 2021
Francis does not give mercy like Sean O’Malley. He puts them to sleep sleep. #UFC260
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) March 28, 2021
AND NEW!!! @francis_ngannou congrats my brother
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) March 28, 2021
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) March 28, 2021
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) March 28, 2021
Good effort Herb! #UFC260
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 28, 2021
— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) March 28, 2021
Yeah @JonnyBones U sure about this?? Lmao
— Jamahal “Sweet Dreams” Hill (@JamahalH) March 28, 2021
Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. Except Francis I ain’t fighting him
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 28, 2021
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) March 28, 2021
Im in for Jones vs Francis ASAP.
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 28, 2021
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) March 28, 2021