‘I Would Still Take You’- Joel Embiid Congratulates Fellow Cameroonian Francis Ngannou

Published 03/28/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 21: Philadelphia Sixers center Joel Embiid (21) and Kansas Alum looks on during the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Villanova Wildcats on December 21, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou heavyweight title fight was one of the most anticipated events of the year. The match ended with a victory for the challenger Ngannou.

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When Francis Ngannou first faced Miocic, he fought bravely, but could not defeat Miocic, although this time around the tables turned.

‘The Predator’ showed the world how he has become the best heavyweight fighter in the division, as he knocked out Miocic in the second round itself. After the victory, fans and fighters from all around the world congratulated Ngannou.

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Joel “Troel” Embiid Congratulates Francis Ngannou?

Many celebrities took to their social media to congratulate the new champion, among the many was Cameroonian basketball player, Joel Embiid.

Embiid posted a tweet congratulating Ngannou and said, “Don’t get it twisted… I would still take you ha. Felicitations!!!! (Francis Ngannou)”

Francis Ngannou and Joel Embiid first met each other for the UFC 220: Embedded Vlog. Both of them were a part of episode 5 of the same. The pair seemed to share a beautiful camaraderie; they shared plenty of light-hearted moments while talking to each other.

Ngannou even joked about how Embiid should be his next opponent, ” He should be my next opponent. I never fought someone taller than me.”

As ‘The Predator’ stands at 6’4″ he is usually the taller man in the room. Hence, his time with the 7’0″ tall Embiid may have been refreshing and an unfamiliar experience.

Ngannou wasn’t the only one having fun as even Embiid was enjoying himself. He said,” I think I’d kick his a**. I think I’d kick his a**. I’m pretty big too.”

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Both the Cameroonian stars seemed really comfortable with each other. They exchanged pleasantries and then talked to each other for a long time. That day, Embiid had supported Ngannou, saying that he would win the fight in the second round via KO.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)

Though ‘The Predator’ lost that fight, he helped the NBA star’s prediction come true almost two-and-a-half years later as he defeated Miocic in the second round to win the championship gold.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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