The highly anticipated rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou took place on March 27, 2021, at UFC 260. The two heavyweights first faced off in 2018, with Miocic winning via unanimous decision. This time, however, Ngannou was determined to come out on top and claim the UFC heavyweight championship.
The first round started with both fighters feeling each other out, but it was clear that Ngannou was looking to land his devastating power shots early. Miocic was able to avoid most of the strikes, but Ngannou did manage to land a few punches that had Miocic backing up. However, Miocic was able to secure a takedown towards the end of the round and control Ngannou on the ground.
In the second round, Ngannou continued to look for the knockout punch, but Miocic was able to keep his distance and avoid any significant damage. Miocic also started to mix in some leg kicks, which seemed to bother Ngannou. Towards the end of the round, Miocic once again secured a takedown and controlled Ngannou on the ground.
The third round saw Ngannou come out with a sense of urgency, knowing that he needed to finish the fight. He landed some heavy shots on Miocic, but the champion was able to weather the storm and control Ngannou against the cage. Miocic continued to mix in leg kicks and jabs, frustrating Ngannou.
The fourth round started with Ngannou looking to land another big shot, but Miocic was able to avoid any significant damage. Miocic continued to mix in leg kicks and jabs, while also securing another takedown towards the end of the round.
The fifth and final round saw Ngannou come out with a sense of desperation, but Miocic was able to keep his distance and avoid any significant damage. Miocic continued to mix in leg kicks and jabs, frustrating Ngannou once again. The round ended with both fighters exchanging punches, but neither was able to land a significant blow.
The judges’ scorecards were read, and it was clear that Miocic had won the fight via unanimous decision. Ngannou had his moments, but Miocic’s game plan of mixing in leg kicks and jabs while securing takedowns proved to be too much for the challenger. Miocic retained his UFC heavyweight championship and solidified his legacy as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.