The Francis Ngannou Era as UFC World Heavyweight Champion has begun, and it’s no shock how it started.
Ngannou’s devastating punching prowess was enough to stop the reign of the greatest heavyweight Champion in UFC history in an amazing way. He landed a huge left hand punch early in the second round that took Miocic to the ground.
Miocic was seriously injured, struggled to find some stamina and was wobbling around. Ngannou took him down again and then rounded off the match with a blistering, scary and unbelievable power fist from the top.
Miocic was knocked out and Ngannou was crowned the new heavyweight champion at 52 seconds of the second round on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the main event of UFC 260 at Apex.
The game was a rematch of a one-sided Miocic win at UFC 220 in Boston back in 2018, when Miocic devastatingly neutralized Ngannou’s might.
However, this time around, It was a different story, as a more seasoned and in-shape Ngannou calmly overwhelmed Miocic from the opening bell. Ngannou’s best plots in the first round were a series of ground shots that surprised Miocic, but he didn’t land the kind of punch that’s has made many to believe he’s the hardest-hitter in MMA history.
But everything changed in the second round. The American was trying to get into the game, throwing blows from a distance and trying to keep Ngannou away. But the Cameroonian, who closed as a -145 favourite at BetMGM, would not be denied.
He showed the needed intelligence to his game by not rushing or bringing himself too close, thereby putting himself into position to be taken down. When he didn’t do that, Miocic suddenly had another, bigger problem on his hands to solve reported Yahoo Sports.
Meanwhile, Ngannou hurts his opponents even when he doesn’t land completely. Whenever he connects full-force, as he did on Saturday, it’s a huge problem for the other opponent.
The fight seemed over when Ngannou landed the left, because it was seen that there would be no recovery time with Ngannou all over him.
The final, sublime punch from the top opened a new era in the UFC’s heavyweight division, providing it with the charismatic KO fighter that has always shown his qualities.
Miocic came back for the title after his loss to Daniel Cormier in 2018, manhandling Cormier twice to earn the moniker as the UFC’s heavyweight GOAT.
It might be a tougher rematch if Ngannou fights as poised and as patiently as he did on Saturday in winning the belt.