Francis Ngannou’s wrestling team for UFC 260 against Stipe Miocic included Daniel Cormier, Randy Couture and Aljamain Sterling. Ngannou’s close friend Kamaru Usman was also a part of his UFC 260 wrestling team.
Ngannou’s coach Eric Nicksick recently took to his Instagram handle to post a picture featuring the team. The photo shows Nicksick, Ngannou, Daniel Cormier, Randy Couture, Aljamain Sterling, and a couple of other people in the frame.
Though Kamaru Usman isn’t in this particular photo, he was an important part of Ngannou’s UFC 260 fight camp.
Eric Nicksick wrote in his post, “A little #TBT from last camp, and everyone questioning the wrestling… #haterswillsayitsphotoshop #4champs1pic #teamXC @dc_mma @xcnatch @francisngannou @funkmastermma @kaiboikamaka @punahele_soriano @xcmma @gokostal @badbirdiegolf.”
All the fighters in Ngannou’s teams are stalwarts in their divisions. Daniel Cormier has held the UFC light heavyweight title and the UFC heavyweight title. Similarly, Randy Couture has also held the UFC light heavyweight title and the UFC heavyweight title.
The reigning titleholder who was part of Francis Ngannou’s wrestling team at UFC 260 is UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.
Ngannou initially trained at the MMA Factory under coach Fernand Lopez. However, that did not last long as both of them parted ways after a dispute. Since his departure, he has been training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At UFC 260, Francis defeated Stipe Miocic via second-round KO, wining the UFC heavyweight title. Following this, he was initially supposed to defend his title against Jones next, but UFC president Dana White indicated the possibility of a rematch with Lewis.
This came after UFC and Jones was involved in a dispute over Jones’ pay with the latter asked for quite a hefty amount.
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