Winner of Stipe Miocic in a spectacular knockout this Saturday evening in Las Vegas, Francis Ngannou has become the brand new heavyweight champion of the UFC, the world’s largest MMA group. The overpowered Cameroonian fighter now has everything to become a world and “mainstream” superstar. Explanations.
A tribute like a prediction. When Dwayne Johnson took the digital quill on Twitter to congratulate Francis Ngannou for his victory over Stipe Miocic, this weekend in Las Vegas throughout the principle occasion of UFC 260, the film star (and former wrestler) blurted out warning phrases for all UFC heavyweights: “The Reign of the Predator has started “. If his message could seem trivial within the midst of the 1000’s shared on social networks, and jubilation on the Batié side, the intervention of “The Rock” sums up an thought that might flip into actuality. The Cameroonian, the primary African to maintain the heavyweight belt of the most important MMA preventing group, has everything to become a world superstar. A star that goes past the easy framework of the cage and its sport.
Style first. With his sculptural physique and ultra-spectacular knockouts, like that inflicted on Miocic, the concrete-handed colossus – who reached 10 KO / TKO sooner than anybody in UFC historical past ( 13 fights solely) and has essentially the most KO wins in two minutes or much less because the unified guidelines have been launched in 2000 (seven) – would scare any regular human being. Qualities which permit him to seize the creativeness of most of the people, at all times looking forward to a “destroyer”, and permit to draw a parallel with a sure Mike Tyson. Like the previous world heavyweight boxing champion in his heyday, Ngannou’s fights have gotten unmissable occasions for fight sports activities aficionados in addition to for individuals who solely look to them for large occasions.
“Everyone will be watching their TV”
We need to see that, what, and to attend a new demonstration of uncooked energy of the one who has the world file of placing drive. A scenario harking back to a sure Brock Lesnar, wrestling superstar with a Herculean physique sitting on the UFC heavyweight throne between 2008 and 2010, as defined earlier than his quest for the title Daniel Cormier, former holder of the heavyweight belts- light-weight and heavyweight turned advisor for ESPN: “Brock Lesnar was the final heavyweight champion to seize the creativeness of the entire sporting world, he was a man everybody wished to see struggle. Francis struggle, if he turns into champion, everybody shall be watching their TV for his or her fights. Francis is on the doorstep to turning into a world superstar. Can you think about what sort of star he would become? he beat Stipe after which he confronted Jon Jones and beat him too? “
In a sport that continues to attract more and more people, especially among young people, which will help increase its popularity, it would undoubtedly already be if he had won the title three years ago and signed behind a “run” such as the one before the revenge against Miocic, four fights won by KO / TKO in less than three minutes… in all. As in 2018, when he had not been up to the first meeting with Miocic, the UFC certainly wanted to see the Cameroonian take the belt as he is more “marketable” than the American, who owns several category records in the UFC (best streak of title defenses with three, tied for number of title fights won with six) but quickly departs from the light after fighting. Ngannou, who promises to be a more active champion than Miocic, does not have this problem and will know how to “promote” himself better to the media, especially since the one who lives in Las Vegas is now doing more than well in English.
The scenarios around his possible next fights are also all envy. There is the possibility of a trilogy with Stipe, who would have deserved it for all of his work and his four title fights won without being the favorite of the bookmakers (record in the UFC), for a revenge. revenge. There is the American Derrick Lewis, ranked just behind Ngannou in the challengers ranking before this weekend and the last man to have beaten Francis in July 2018 in a soporific fight to the point of possible, for another rematch. There is especially Jon Jones, the former king of the light heavyweights, who goes to the heavyweight and has been heating up with the Cameroonian for months.
UFC executive boss Dana White had promised “Bones” would be on the Miocic-Ngannou winner’s schedule. But the American has already hinted that he could pass his turn – in favor of Lewis – if the financial proposal for this fight was not up to his expectations. If we were White and the UFC, we wouldn’t hesitate for a second to pull out the checkbook so much the intriguing clash between the overpowered Ngannou and the almost unbeaten Jones (his only loss is a disqualification in a fight he dominated), one of the best fighters in history, promises to make a hit with pay-per-view sales. There is, finally, the prospect of an exciting duel with the French Ciryl Gane, who shares with him the longest current series of victories in the heavyweight (five) but who especially shared a time training with him.
A story for Hollywood
The scenario is written by itself, to the point that we can imagine the UFC having already prepared a trailer: the former protégé of Fernand Lopez at the MMA Factory, Ngannou, who left the Parisian room on some misunderstandings and with a dog-eared image (he did not pay tribute to the MMA Factory, where he learned MMA, after his coronation), which finds in the octagon the one who is now the best representative of Lopez and the MMA Factory, Gane. What to fill Bercy to the hangers if the health situation allows to welcome the public – the UFC will not come to Paris before that – and White decides to offer French fans the fight they expect. In short, and without even citing other challengers who will rise in the coming months, Francis has plenty to see coming before him, so many opportunities to grow his notoriety if he clears the obstacles one by one year of his punch. devastating (not to mention the rest, as he showed against Miocic that he is now a more complete and better prepared fighter).
We do not forget, of course, its history in this analysis of the “marketable” side of Cameroonians. With his difficult childhood, which saw him working in a sand mine, and his journey as a migrant who crossed several countries, slept in the woods in Morocco and spent time in prison in Spain to join his European exile, before living a time on the streets of Paris, all to end up atop the UFC less than ten years later, Ngannou seems destined to see Hollywood tell his incredible destiny on the big screen. The cinema already makes him the soft eyes since it will appear in the last opus of the saga Fast & Furious, scheduled for release in June. Ngannou swallows the staircase of glory with gusto. Considering all that he has for him, he has not finished climbing the stairs four by four. What if the UFC had found, after Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, its new global and “mainstream” star? The potential is there. In Ngannou, and we will belief him for that, to make the very best use of it.