‘He is the Example That Anything is Possible’- Miesha Tate Opens Up on Francis Ngannou’s Journey

Published 03/28/2021, 3:40 PM EDT


Francis Ngannou became the UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 260 after a stunning performance against the consensus greatest heavyweight of all-time Stipe Miocic.

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‘The Predator’ knocked out Miocic in the 2nd round of the contest to set the score level between them. Ngannou had a very special supporter in the form of Miesha Tate heading into the contest.

The former women’s bantamweight champion happens to be a close friend of Ngannou. She showed her support for the Cameroonian fighter ahead of UFC 260 in an Instagram post.

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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,” Tate wrote on his post.

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!” she further added.

With his triumph at UFC 260, Ngannou became the 3rd African champion in the UFC roster after welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Ngannou is a fan favorite not only because of his explosive fighting style and unmatched knockout prowess, but his humility and kindness for a man of his stature and size is also something very much appreciated by everybody. Tate was on point to single out that fact.

Miesha Tate is on the cusp of her UFC return

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‘Cupcake’ retired from the sport and hasn’t competed since her UFC 205 loss to Raquel Pennington. However, the former champion is set to make a return to the Octagon. She will fight Marion Reneau. The two veterans will lock horns in a July 17th event, which will be Reneau’s swansong in the UFC.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Miesha Tate reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Fans are excited to see Tate back in action. She happens to be one of the pioneers of women’s MMA. ‘Cupcake’ is on a rejuvenated mission for UFC gold and is keen to challenge Amanda Nunes in order to avenge her previous loss to ‘The Lioness‘.

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Are you excited to see Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate back? What did you make of her post about Francis Ngannou?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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