Paul Rouget, Media365: printed on Saturday May 01, 2021 at 11:54 a.m.
Back in Cameroon a month after being topped UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou was entitled to an unimaginable welcome in his native nation.
He is again ! A month after successful the UFC heavyweight champion’s belt by taking revenge in opposition to Stipe Miocic for a violent second-round knockout, Francis Ngannou (34) returned to Cameroon at first of the week. While he was in the nook of his nice good friend Kamaru Usman final Saturday in Jacksonville (Florida), the place the Nigerian retained his welterweight title in opposition to Jorge Masvidal, the “Predator” landed on the airport on Monday. Douala. And he was eagerly awaited, by a massive crowd who accompanied him in the streets of the capital for a parade of a number of hours the place he was capable of present his belt to a conquered public, earlier than presenting it to the governor of the area after which to the Minister of Sports, who solemnly offered him with the letter of congratulations from the Head of State, Paul Biya.
And he was capable of thank all his supporters in the night at a gala organized by a telecommunications firm. “I’ve been waiting impatiently for this day for a month and finally it is here. It warms my heart to see the population, everyone who has come together to welcome me home, Ngannou then said. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you give me, because it is this support that has kept me going so far. Three years ago I failed in my mission, but I promised you that I will bring the belt home and it is your daily encouragement that I receive that is my motivation.“Supporters who had already given him a heat welcome when he returned after his first defeat in opposition to Miocic in January 2018. Regarding the subsequent struggle of the person who began MMA in Paris, the place he first slept in the road, may very well be a new rematch, in opposition to Derrick Lewis, moderately than a conflict in opposition to former gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who’s at the moment unable to return to a monetary settlement with the UFC for this. “megafight” that the entire MMA planet is ready for.