Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou Shows Support for Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman Following UFC 286 Defeat

Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou Shows Support for Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman Following UFC 286 Defeat

Byron Pillay
  • Francis Ngannou recently came out in support of Kamaru Usman after his defeat to Leon Edwards at UFC 286
  • Edwards defeated Usman via a majority decision to retain his Welterweight title and beat the Nigerian twice
  • Ngannou, Usman and Israel Adesanya were known as the 3 African kings of the UFC and were all champions at the same time

Francis Ngannou is still extremely proud of Kamaru Usman.

The Cameroonian fighter showed his support for the former Welterweight champion after his recent defeat.

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Francis Ngannou, Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman were known as the three African kings of UFC, and Ngannou is still proud of Usman despite his recent defeat. Image: Cooper Neill
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As noted by Sky Sports, Usman was beaten by Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 286. Edwards won via majority decision and settled his trilogy with The Nigerian Nightmare, winning two of their three fights.

Following the epic conclusion to the trilogy, Ngannou praised Usman on social media. He exclaimed that the Nigerian-born fighter was a champion with or without the belt. He ended the post with #3Kings.

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Who are the 3 kings?

Ngannou, Usman and Israel Adesanya were considered to be the three African kings of the UFC. Ngannou was born in Cameroon, while Usman and Adesanya originally hail from Nigeria.

The trio were also all champions at the same time in the organisation. The Predator held the Heavyweight title, The Nigerian Nightmare was the Welterweight champion, and ''The Last Style Bender'' was the Middleweight king.

Usman lost his title to Edwards in the second of their three fights. Adesanya was defeated by Alex Pereira and lost his belt as a result. He has a rematch coming up for the title.

Ngannou lost his title when he was released by the UFC. Jon Jones then defeated Cyrin Gane for the vacant title.

Adesanya praises African king Ngannou

Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman and Francis Ngannou made history in the UFC, and formed a long-lasting friendship in the process.

Known as the Three African Kings of the UFC, Usman, Adesanya and Ngannou all held titles simultaneously in the company.

The Nigerian-born duo of Usman and Adesanya held the welterweight and middleweight titles respectively, while Cameroon’s Ngannou was the heavyweight champion, Sports Brief reported.