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Which fighters have beaten former UFC champion Francis Ngannou?

11 months ago By Sports Desk

Francis Ngannou is renowned for being one of the most menacing heavyweights in the history of MMA, but even the mighty Cameroonian’s unbeaten streak was brought to an end. This article closely examines Ngannou’s professional record, his defeats, and the opponents who beat him. 

Ngannou’s Losses

Zoumana Cisse: Before signing with the UFC in 2015, Francis Ngannou had compiled a record of 5-1 across various MMA promotions in Europe. Ngannou’s maiden career loss came against Zoumana Cisse, who beat him via unanimous decision in his second professional fight at 100% Fight: Contenders 20 in December 2013. 

Stipe Miocic: After joining the UFC and making his promotional debut in December 2015, Ngannou went on an incredible six-fight winning streak before securing a title shot against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. Miocic defeated Ngannou via unanimous decision to hand him the second loss of his career. 

Derrick Lewis: After his failed title bid, the Cameroonian heavyweight was booked to face Derrick Lewis at UFC 226. ‘The Black Beast’ defeated Francis Ngannou via a unanimous decision to hand him his third career loss. 

Aftermath and Legacy

Despite losing three times as a mixed martial artist, Francis Ngannou never lost sight of his goal to become the UFC heavyweight champion. He eventually beat Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 in March 2021 to take home heavyweight gold. 

Ngannou’s impressive physique, athleticism, and raw punching power have enthralled MMA fans since his debut, and his rags-to-riches story of success has inspired many budding martial artists to pursue their dream. 

Conclusion

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has lost three times in his professional MMA career. ‘The Predator’ faced defeat at the hands of Zoumana Cisse at 100% Fight: Contender 20 in December 2013, Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January 2018, and Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in July 2018. 

Fans worldwide have been moved by Ngannou’s story of resilience, triumph over adversity, and impressive fighting skills. His journey from modest beginnings to reaching the pinnacle of success has inspired many, and he is now regarded as a model for upcoming fighters.

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