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UFC 260: Francis Ngannou breaks down Stipe Miocic to claim heavyweight title

Ngannou joins Adesanya and Usman as the UFC's third African champion

Francis Ngannou (16-3-0) overcame a valiant Stipe Miocic (20-4-0) to emerge as the new heavyweight champion at UFC 260 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Ngannou stayed composed in the first round, rushing nothing but landing methodical strikes and kicks. Miocic looked like he wanted to survive the first round and did, but at the cost of Ngannou finding the range and even landing a takedown.

The second round saw Miocic eat a big left and then return a left might have stopped the previous version of Ngannou, but The Predator continued forward, landing another left that send Miocic to the floor. A hammer fist forced referee Herb Dean to stop the contest at 52 seconds of the second round.

With the win, Ngannou, 34, who hails from Cameroon, became the UFC’s third African champion. He joined Nigerian welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and middleweight champ Israel Adesanya. In the post fight press conference, Ngannou said he was ready to welcome former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones into the division.

Miocic, 38, had a two fight win streak snapped with the defeat. As a two-time champion with four title defences, he remains by many to be considered the UFC’s greatest heavyweight champion.

Ngannou, and Sean O’Malley earned performances of the night while Vicente Luque and Tyron Woodley earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 260 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS

MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT  VS. ABU AZAITAR

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375961153659142144?s=20

WINNER: MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ABU AZAITAR VIA TKO

Andrews: Barriault came through and hopefully this fight doesn’t get overturned like the last one.

UFC 260 PRELIMS

SHANE YOUNG VS. OMAR MORALES 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375969755178409987?s=20

WINNER: OMAR MORALES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHANE YOUNG VIA UD

Andrews: Morales did get the fight to the ground and outworked Young. Good win.

MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS VS. MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375976540320759808?s=20

WINNER: MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS VIA TKO

Andrews: Close fight. Could have gone either way.

JARED GOODEN VS. ABUBAKAR NURMAGOMEDOV

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375984440090972169?s=20

WINNER: ABUBAKAR NURMAGOMEDOV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ABUBAKAR NRMAGOMEDOV VIA UD

Andrews: Somebody had to win here.

ALONZO MENIFIELD VS. FABIO CHERANT 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375986745204949001?s=20

WINNER: ALONZO MENIFIELD VIA SUBMISSION (SHOULDER CHOKE) R1 1:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALONZO MENIFIELD VIA TKO

Andrews: A clean and tidy win. Good work, Alonzo.

MAIN CARD 

JAMIE MULLARKY VS. KHAMA WORTHY 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1375996788222660615?s=20

WINNER: JAMIE MULLARKEY VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHAMA WORTHY VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Mullarkey stuns Worthy and get the big win.

#15 GILLIAN ROBERTSON VS. MIRANDA MAVERICK 

WINNER: MIRANDA MAVERICK VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIRANDA MAVERICK VIA UD

Andrews: When Gillian is unable to drag her opponent to the ground, she usually at a disadvantage. Maverick was just too versatile. Good win.

SEAN O’MALLEY VS. THOMAS ALMEIDA 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1376012925849239554?s=20

WINNER: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 3:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Suga Sean is back!

#7 TYRON WOODLEY VS. #10 VICENTE LUQUE

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1376018085820444674?s=20

WINNER: VICENTE LUQUE VIA SUBMISSION (BRABO CHOKE) R1 3:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VICENTE LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: A good fight, but it’s time for Tyron Woodley to hang them up. Big win for Vicente.

MAIN EVENT

STIPE MIOCIC VS. #1 FRANCIS NGANNOU 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1376025509251923970?s=20

WINNER: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 0:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: STIPE MIOCIC VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Stipe survived the first round, but Francis kept the pressure on him and got the KO. What a moment for Cameroon and the continent of Africa. Bring on Jon Jones!

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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