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Francis Ngannou scored a devastating knockout over Stipe Miocic to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.
Ngannou brutally stopped Miocic in the second round of their main-event bout at UFC 260.
'The Predator' was patient in attack as he tagged Miocic and showed off his wrestling defence, fending off takedowns in the opening round.
In the second round, the challenger finished the bout with a crushing sequence as he rocked the defending champion with a sharp left-hand.
Ngannou then dropped Miocic with a short left-hook before smashing the floored fighter with a brutal hammer-fist.
What a knockout! :boom:
Francis Ngannou finishes Stipe Miocic in the second round and is the new UFC Heavyweight Champion! :trophy:#UFC260 pic.twitter.com/Zz2uyiHEdp
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 28, 2021
The French-Cameroonian's record now stands at 16-3 with all his victories coming inside the distance.
Miocic, on the other hand, suffers his first defeat since 2018 when he lost the UFC heavyweight title.
Africa has their first heavyweight champion!
:flag_cm: @Francis_Ngannou is the heavyweight king. #UFC260 pic.twitter.com/Db83Z4lIjp
- UFC (@ufc) March 28, 2021
Speaking about his first fight with Miocic, Ngannou told Joe Rogan: "I have a great outcome from that fight. It was a great benefit from that fight and I believe that that benefit pushed me, rised me higher than this."
On UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman being in his corner, he added: "Having Kamaru Usman in my corner, I knew he would be good emotional support for me as a brother.
"Since the first time we met, we've always supported each other in every situation. On top of that, his wrestling expertise, I knew would be important in this fight.
"[Usman] inspired me to become a champion, since I wanted to become a champion like him and Israel Adesanya so we can be three African champions and we can have a UFC in Africa very soon."
The new UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou put together an incredible 5 fight win streak culminating in the title!- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 28, 2021
:white_check_mark: Curtis Blaydes
:white_check_mark: Cain Velasquez
:white_check_mark: Junior dos Santos
:white_check_mark: Jairzinho Rozenstruick
:trophy: Stipe Miocic#UFC260 pic.twitter.com/5XKAiypG1y
Ngannou extends his winning streak to five which includes victories over Curtin Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
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