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Midnight Mania! Is Francis Ngannou on cusp of ‘global superstardom?’

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Francis Ngannou builds hype quickly. The Heavyweight is simply frightening, a man well-deserving of his “Predator” moniker. He’s gigantic, shredded, and knocks out a majority of his opponents inside the first couple minutes.

Despite the disastrous results of their first match up, Ngannou is favored to defeat Stipe Miocic in this weekend’s (Sat., March 27, 2021) main event at UFC 260. If he does, former Heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier believes the title will raise his profile tremendously ... perhaps even to Brock Lesnar levels of fame.

“Brock Lesnar was the last (heavyweight champion) that truly captured the imagination of the entire sports world, a guy that everybody just wanted to see,” Cormier said on DC & Helwani (transcription via BJPenn.com). “With Francis’ fighting style, if he can become the champ, everybody is gonna tune in because he’s so massive.

“I believe that Francis Ngannou is standing at the doorstep of just global superstardom, and man, it’s so intriguing,” Cormier said. “Could you imagine if Francis wins against Stipe and then Francis fights Jon Jones and wins, what type of star this man would be?”

Admittedly, that’s a lot of “Ifs,” but should Ngannou indeed knocks out Miocic and Jones, the sky is the limit for the Cameroonian power puncher.

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