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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou brings in Kamaru Usman as cornerman for Stipe Miocic title fight

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Francis Ngannou is getting close to his second title shot, a main event showdown opposite Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 next weekend (Sat. March 27, 2021) at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first time those two battled back in January 2018, Miocic scored a clear-cut decision victory, wrangling his powerful opponent to the mat for the majority of five rounds.

In order to avoid a repeat performance, Ngannou has made his intentions clear of coming in more measured, in better shape, and with more wrestling training. On his Fight Camp vlog, Ngannou revealed an ace in the hole for his wrestling defense: Welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman.

“Yeah, so Kamaru Usman’s gonna be in my corner for this fight. So it’s good having him here, helping me out for the fight, by this time you need everything,” Ngannou said (transcription via “Basically, he is gonna be in my corner and it’s good for him to train where I am and to bring his own asset into the game. This is a very decisive moment leading up to the fight so it is very important to engage with him. He’s gonna be in my corner basically helping me with my wrestling, which is great. So yeah, it’s good.”

Will having “The Nigerian Nightmare” in his corner prove a difference-maker, or will Stipe Miocic remind fight fans (and odds makers) of his continued greatness?


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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