Miocic (21-3, 15-3 UFC), who defeated Ngannou (15-4, 10-3 UFC) by unanimous decision in 2018, was overwhelmed by Ngannou's power from the start.
Ngannou now turns his attention to a superfight against Jon Jones, who is moving up to the heavyweight division and looking for bigger challenges.
After Saturday's win, fellow fighters and other sport figures took to social media to praise Ngannou's incredible performance.
If anyone is wondering if I really want to fight, the answer is yes. I also really want to get paid.— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2021
FRANCIS NGANNOU 🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲— Joel "Troel" Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 28, 2021
*Can't wait to see FRANCIS NGANNOU and JON JONES NEXT!!!! #UFC260— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 28, 2021
Wow that was dominant.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 28, 2021
What an incredible #goat run @stipemiocic had.
Nothing but respect for that guy.
A huge congrats to my brother @francis_ngannou.
The era of the Predator begins. #WarriorMana #UFC260
Congratulations to the new heavyweight king of the world @francis_ngannou. Make no mistake about it Francis winning the title changes everything. He will change the way the UFC heavyweight title is viewed in the sports world. #ngannouera— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 28, 2021
Congratulations Africa . Now you have 3 @ufc champions— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 28, 2021
We're taking gold back to Africa!!— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) March 28, 2021
Francis Ngannou was dangerous when he didn't know how to fight, now that he's learning is actually scary. #UFC260— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) March 28, 2021
Imagine Jon jones and Francis in Africa, be monumental!!!— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) March 28, 2021
DAMN! Francis is sooo powerful.— Funky (@Benaskren) March 28, 2021
I mean can we ASAP Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones ! 🔥🔥🔥 #UFC260— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 28, 2021
Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. Except Francis I ain't fighting him— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 28, 2021