The Cameroonian is now at the top of the heap in MMA. Here’s how he did it, and who his next opponent could be.
With a thundering left hand in the middle of the octagon, Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Ngannou moves to 16-3 career as an MMA fighter, and with his fifth-straight knockout he also avenged one of those three losses. He becomes the king of the hill in MMA at the age of 34, but with plenty of quality fights left in front of him.
It’s likely a rematch with Miocic could be on the table soon, which would make the Croatian part of two unforgettable trilogies: He just beat Daniel Cormier in August of 2020 to take the final two of three from the first double-weight-class champion in UFC history.
But who might Ngannou’s face next? The best to ever do it in Jon Jones made it clear he’d be interested in a fight.
UFC President Dana White seems less enamored with the idea.