At UFC 260, Francis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title. With this victory, Francis Ngannou becomes the third African-born champion in UFC history. Besides Ngannou, Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman also hold UFC titles at two different divisions.
It all started with Kamaru Usman beating Tyron Woodley to become the first-ever African-born champion in UFC history. Israel Adesanya will follow the footsteps of Kamaru Usman and become the UFC middleweight champion by beating Robert Whittaker. And now with the historic win of Francis Ngannou, UFC has three Nigerian champions in three different divisions.
Usman, Adesanya, and Ngannou have always supported each other throughout the years. Kamaru Usman even cornered Francis Ngannou for his rematch against Stipe Miocic. Usman has even said that he would not move up to middleweight as long as Israel Adesanya is ruling the division.
While the African fans are celebrating the win of Francis Ngannou, Israel Adesanya did not miss the historic night as he celebrated Ngannou’s win with his family and friends.
Adesanya posted a video of him and his friends going crazy after Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic.
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What’s next for Francis Ngannou?
There are not many opponents who have not been brutalized by Ngannou in the heavyweight division. Though Ngannou vs Lewis 2 is an intriguing option Jones vs Ngannou is the biggest fight UFC can book at the moment in the heavyweight division.
After ruling the light heavyweight division for over a decade, Jon Jones is finally moving to the heavyweight division. Prior to UFC 260, it was certain that Jones would fight the winner of Miocic vs Ngannou 2. However, after the match, Dana White and Jon Jones have exchanged some unpleasant comments, which put the heavyweight debut Jones in jeopardy.
However, if Jones vs Ngannou does not come to fruition this year then UFC should book the rematch between Lewis and Ngannou. The first fight between these two heavyweights failed to deliver. However, both Ngannou and Lewis are at the peak of their career, and a rematch between these two will certainly be fireworks.