‘He Will Change the Way the UFC Heavyweight Title Is Viewed in the Sports World’- Daniel Cormier Hypes up Francis Ngannou’s Reign

Published 03/28/2021, 10:43 PM EDT


Francis Ngannou ushered in the Ngannou-era with a trademark vicious knockout. Only this time around, he finished the consensus greatest heavyweight of all time in dominant fashion. Going into the fans, fans and pundits alike believed that the outcome of the fight would depend on how much Francis had improved his wrestling in the three years since he last fought for the title. 

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The answer was – a lot! After stuffing takedown attempts and even attempting his own takedown in the first round, it was clear that Ngannou had been working relentlessly on his ground game. This forced Stipe to stand and trade with ‘The Predator’.

UFC fans will know that that is not a good idea as there is a limit to the number of lethal blows that one can absorb from Ngannou.

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Francis Ngannou makes it three UFC titles for Africa 

Following the win, Daniel Cormier tweeted in support of the new champion. He said, “Congratulations to the new heavyweight king of the world @francis_ngannou. Make no mistake about it Francis winning the title changes everything. He will change the way the UFC heavyweight title is viewed in the sports world. #ngannouera”

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During the live broadcast after Ngannou’s win, Daniel Cormier mentioned that he had never seen such fanfare for a heavyweight since the days of Brock Lesnar.

‘DC’ believes that Ngannou’s likable nature along with his freak ability to end a fight with half a punch will elevate his status to heights similar to that of Mike Tyson. 

Another factor that draws fans towards Ngannou is the backstory. His journey from Batie, Cameroon to the streets of France to the top of the UFC heavyweight division is straight out of a movie. 

Following the win on Saturday, it appears Jon Jones might be next for him. If Francis can take out the likes of Jones and Miocic in two consecutive fights. It would elevate his stardom to a level seldom reached by MMA fighters. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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