Miesha Tate Believes ‘The Humble’ Francis Ngannou Will Triumph as the Champion

Published 03/26/2021, 3:37 AM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Opponents Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou of Cameroon face off prior to their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The #1 heavyweight contender of the UFC, Francis Ngannou, is scheduled to compete in a rematch against Stipe Miocic. The two will fight once again for the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 260.

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Ahead of the fight, a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion commented on ‘The Predator’ and why she believes he will claim the belt.

Miesha Tate shows her support for “The Predator”

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Miesha Tate aka “Cupcake” made an Instagram post to show her support for Ngannou ahead of this UFC heavyweight championship match.

She wrote, “Francis has been my friend since he came to Las Vegas some years ago now. I remember when he struggled to speak any English and I helped him set up his first LLC. He has always been the kindest, most humble human being. I had no idea his hardships at that time, I had no idea he had to endure so much just to get to America but it’s these stories that move me.

He is the example that anything is possible and I believe he will accomplish another dream this weekend of becoming a world champion! #teamngannou #andnew”.

Akin to ‘Cupcake’ many UFC fans too will believe that the time is ripe for ‘The Predator’ to right the wrongs from UFC 220. 

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Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic I

Stipe Miocic knocked out Fabricio Werdum at 2:47 minutes of the first round to win the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 198. After that, he had two consecutive title defenses before he fought Francis Ngannou.

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The two met in a thrilling clash where Miocic was almost stopped on multiple occasions. But in the end, the champion retained his belt via unanimous decision.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ngannou has trained hard to become lighter than he was when he first fought Miocic. He knows an opening round KO may not be on the cards, and hence, he has conditioned himself to go deep and be more competitive in the championship rounds should the fight go there. With former UFC champions supporting and believing in him, it may give ‘The Predator’ the psychological boost at the UFC Apex.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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