Africa is on the roof of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). After his resounding victory over the American, Stipe Miocic, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, the Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou, joins the Nigerian fighters Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya. Now the heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Cameroonian athlete brings Africa to the top in the most prestigious MMA league on the planet. Francis Ngannou took his revenge after his defeat by unanimous decision in January 2018.
The 1.93m Cameroonian giant, Francis Ngannou, is now the UFC heavyweight champion after having beaten by knockout in the second round the American Stipe Miocic.He joins the two Nigerians who performed this performance: Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya. With this resounding success, “The predator”, as it is commonly called, becomes the third African champion in all categories but especially the first in the queen category.
Francis Ngannou, the new heavyweight champion, had to go through a lot of difficult trials during his life. At the age of 10, he made a living and supported his parents by working in the mines. He then went to Europe, where, unfortunately, he had to go to prison in Spain. This difficult stage will be followed by a rather complicated life in Paris, the French capital. Francis Ngannou was in a situation of extreme poverty and very often spent the night on the streets. But, as if by chance, he met Fernand Lopez of the MMA Factory who showed him the way in the MMA. This is where the career of the Cameroonian began until this success and title of UFC heavyweight champion.
Remember that the Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, 33 years old and native of Benin City, was beaten only once in MMA (18 victories in 19 fights). That is why he is considered the best fighter in MMA all categories. He has been the UFC Mid Range Champion since March 2, 2019. He was also responsible for preparing Francis Ngannou in his fight against Stipe Miocic.
Israel Adesanya (31), the other Nigerian UFC middleweight champion since 2019, has had an extraordinary career. The native of Lagos, and naturalized New Zealand, fought 21 fights including 15 wins per KO, 5 by decision and only 1 defeat.