African takeover: Africa has three world champions in the UFC right now

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
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Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, in Detroit in 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)

Ask anybody who some of the baddest people on the planet are and UFC fighters will be very near, if not at the top of that list. These men and women are modern day trained assassins. They can withstand a brutal amount of punishment while dishing out some of the most world-class moves we’ve ever seen.

That’s why it’s such a big deal that three of the UFC’s world champions all hail from Africa.

This past Saturday, Francis Ngannou won the world heavyweight championship. The win came after defeating Stipe Miocic in the second round via a devastating knockout. His overall record now stands at 16-3 in the UFC. 

 

Just 10 years ago, Ngannou was working in sand mines in his hometown of Batie, Cameroon. Now, he’s the undisputed champion, often referred to as the “Mike Tyson of MMA,” because of his brutal knockout style.

The other two world champions are Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya. They hold the belts in the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions respectively. Both Usman and Adesanya hail from Nigeria.

The sports world rose to its feet Saturday night as Africa gained its third champion. Tweets poured in for the three men congratulating them on making history with Africa being the continent with the most UFC champions. 

 

The sky is literally the limit for the three fighters, as all are relatively new in their UFC careers. UFC belts have the potential to have a high turnover rate because all it takes is one well-placed punch to knock someone out. But for now, Africa is celebrating it’s three champions!

 

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