UFC President Dana White heaps huge praise on Francis Ngannou as the Predator completely dominated arguably the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time Stipe Miocic to become the new heavyweight champion of the world. Ngannou came out strong in the fight, landing a brutal calf kick to kick start the first round. He connected several right hands and looked more composed than ever in his second attempt to become the heavyweight champion.
“He was a completely different fighter. We saw things that we have never seen before. Head kicks, leg kicks, really good grappling, takedown defense. He took his time, even ate that big right hand from Stipe. He looked perfect tonight.” Dana White said in the post-fight press conference.
The highlight of the fight was Ngannou’s takedown defense. Miocic attempted a takedown in the first round, similar to his gameplan during their first fight. However, Ngannou showed great control and reversed the position while stuffing the takedown, eventually landing several significant strikes on the heavyweight champion.
Going into the second, it was a matter of minutes before Ngannou started connecting again, and a brutal right hand sent Miocic stumbling towards the cage. The heavyweight champion tried to recover quickly, landing a brutal right hand of his own. However, it was a matter of seconds before Ngannou connected again and dropped Miocic on the canvas, urging referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.
What’s next for Francis Ngannou?
Francis Ngannou has some serious contenders ahead of him, most notably, former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. UFC President Dana White has already stated that Jones is next in line for the championship belt. However, in the press-conference post-UFC 260, he also stated that Derrick Lewis is another exciting option for Francis Ngannou.
Other than Stipe Miocic, Francis Ngannou is the only other fighter in the UFC to hand a loss to the Cameroonian fighter. Needless to say, Lewis vs Ngannou is an exciting match-up between two of the most ferocious strikers in the history of mixed martial arts.
It remains to be seen what lies ahead for Francis Ngannou. However, for the time being, he should take his time and enjoy the next few months celebrating his incredible win over Stipe Miocic.