The UFC has a new heavyweight champion of the world and he may very well be the new "Baddest Man on the Planet" as well.
Francis Ngannou demolished Stipe Miocic with a second-round KO in the main event of UFC 260 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas early Sunday morning. The end came when Ngannou bent Miocic backwards at the knees with a devastating left hand, before putting the finishing thud on the championship win with a brutal hammerfist, prompting referee Herb Dean to come in and save Miocic.
"I don't know if I can find the vocabulary to express this," a joyous Ngannou said after the biggest win of his career.
"This was a promise that I made to myself when I was young."
Ngannou gave Miocic a taste of things to come by blasting him in the head with a right hand in the first round. Moments later, Ngannou put Miocic on further notice that he's improved since their original meeting in January 2018 by sprawling and showing great takedown defense, before taking Miocic's back and unleashing short bombs that did damage.
"The Predator" made sure that things got worse for Miocic in the second, when he detonated a left cross that dropped Miocic in a heap. Sensing blood, Ngannou swarmed Miocic up against the Octagon and delivered short bombs. Seconds later, Ngannou used another left — this time bending Miocic backwards at the knees, before a final hammerfist cemented his championship win.
Following the victory, Jon Jones tweeted "let's go baby" to signal his desire to make his heavyweight debut against the new champ, Ngannou.
Well, to that, Ngannou said that he'd be ready to make his first title defense against Jones in July or August.
This is how the entire UFC 260 event went.
UFC 260 FIGHT CARD
Francis Ngannou def. Stipe Miocic by second-round TKO (punches) to become the new heavyweight champion
Miocic's left eye seems to be bothering him. Ngannou lunges forward and drops Miocic with a left cross. Miocic is in a world of trouble! He's unloading on Miocic against the Octagon. Now, Ngannou drops Miocic with another left! Miocic is bent backwards at the knees. Ngannou finishes it in brutal fashion with a hammerfist! Herb Dean rushes in to save Miocic. It's over! The winner and new champion of the world, Francis Ngannou!
The champ and challenger touch gloves and are trying to figure each other out. Ngannou launches an inside leg kick. The size difference is glaring. Ngannou lands a solid right to the side of Miocic's head and the champ is somehow still standing. Miocic goes for the takedown, but Ngannou sprawls and shows great takedown defense and takes the champ's back. Ngannou launching short bombs. Miocic is in trouble, but he makes it out. Ngannou launches a head kick that partially lands. Ngannou connects with an inside leg kick moments later. (10-9 Ngannou)
The rematch we've been waiting for is minutes away. Will Miocic double down on his domination of Ngannou or will "The Predator" make the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history his prey? We're about to find out.
Woodley comes right out, grapples and mashes Luque up against the cage. Now, he lets his foot off the gas and it's Luque pressing Woodley up against the Octagon. Woodley tags Luque with a stiff right hand. Moments later, Woodley nearly drops Luque with a solid right behind the ear. Luque remains composed and blasts Woodley with an overhand right! Woodley is hurt bad. His legs are jelly.
Luque unloading a barrage of punches on Woodley, who's up against the cage in trouble. Ref leans in to take a closer look. Woodley, standing on jelly legs, falls to the mat. Luque is looking for a submission. He catches Woodley with the d'arce choke and clamps it on strongly. Woodley taps! It's over.
That was a dazzling performance from O'Malley, who's as talented a striker that you'll see in the UFC. However, he possibly could have finished the bout in the first round when he dropped Almeida. But instead of pouncing on him, he stopped and admired his work. It didn't backfire on him tonight, but it can in the future. If O'Malley has a future opponent in a similar position early, let's see if he'll close out the show.
O'Malley spending the third round sticking and moving, landing crisp shots at will. He's landing whatever stinging shot he wants, whenever he wants. And BOOM! O'Malley drops Almeida with a short left hand. O'Malley pauses and admires his work again. Then, he walks a couple of steps forward and detonates a savage overhand right onto a fallen Almeid for the walkoff KO. The way O'Malley just casually walked over to a fallen Almeida before finishing him was devastating.
O'Malley launches a head kick and blasts Almeida in the temple. O'Malley then throws one punch and Almeida is slumped up against the Octagon. O'Malley admires his work instead of finishing Almeida. He wanted the walkoff KO badly, but if this one goes the distance, O'Malley is going to be kicking himself for not pouncing on his opponent and ending it right there.
O'Malley's bantamweight bout against Thomas Almeida is next. O'Malley is expecting to be kicked by Almeida, but is vowing to deliver a knockout as his response. O'Malley is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Marlon Vera in August.
Constant pressure from Maverick, whether she was coming forward with striking or taking Robertson down, spelled the difference. Maverick was just too much for Robertson to handle. Excellent showing from Maverick. Judges had it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in her favor.
Maverick all over Gillian Robertson in this first round on the feet with her striking and scoring two takedowns as well. The second takedown came during the waning seconds, when Maverick used a brilliant level change before bringing Robertson down to the ground.