The second time was the charm for Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 Saturday night.
Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic in the second round of their heavyweight championship rematch, claiming the title live on pay-per-view.
Less than a minute into the round, Ngannou caught Miocic coming in with a sharp left, buckling the champion and sending him to the canvas.
The event took place live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In the co-main event, Vicente Luque locked in a submission on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, earning a first round victory.
Sean O’Malley stopped Thomas Almeida, Miranda Maverick bested Gillian Robertson and Jamie Mullarkey knocked out Khama Worthy on the main card.
ALonzo Menifield, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Michal Oleksiejczuk, Omar Morales and Marc-Andre Barriault were also winners.
Woodley and Luque were named “Fight of the Night” with “Performance of the Night” bonuses going to Ngannou and O’Malley.
UFC 260 Results
Francis Ngannou def. Stipe Miocic via KO (strike) at :52 of Round 2 to become the new UFC heavyweight champion
Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley via submission (brabo choke) at 3:56 of Round 1
Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida via KO (strike) at 3:52 of Round 3
Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worthy via KO (strike) at :46 of Round 1
Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant via submission (shoulder choke) at 1:11 of Round 1
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Modestats Bukauskas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Omar Morales def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marc-Andre Barriault def. Abu Azaitar via TKO (strikes) at 4:56 of Round 3