We knew he was expeditious and motivated to take his revenge. Francis Ngannou didn’t miss his second chance to become UFC heavyweight champion. This Sunday March 28, the Franco-Cameroonian defeated Stipe Miocic just 52 seconds after the start of the second round.
The coronation of an uprooted man
This time, he was not trapped on the ground, where the configuration makes him least comfortable. This time, he did not have to wait for the jury to render its decision to know the sentence. Ngannou took care of making it very clear himself. After a series of punches, a left hook allowed him to knock out his opponent.
“I can hardly find the words, I made this promise to myself to win. To accomplish this when no one thought I could is such a powerful feeling. Giving wrong to those who doubted me gives me immense satisfaction“, he commented after the fact. Aged 34, Francis Ngannou now has 16 wins against 3 losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which he is now the man to beat in this category.
The achievement is total for the colossus (1.93 m, 113 kg) who left his native Cameroon in 2013 for Paris, where he slept in the street for a while. “It is the story of a young person who has not had much luck in life but who has not resigned himself, who has allowed himself to dream. I’m fighting a spell meant for me, a situation I was doomed to“, he told AFP, in 2018 before his first duel with Miocic.