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UFC 218: Francis Ngannou holds UFC power record because Alistair Overeem didn’t punch (expletive) machine

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MMA: UFC Fight Night-Ngannou vs Mihajlovic Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo surrounding Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Francis Ngannou’s record-setting punch, which according to the UFC Performance Institute, is the hardest blow ever recorded.

Alistair Overeem wasn’t impressed.

“Fake news,” Overeem told MMA Junkie. “It’s just whatever. He’s got the hardest punching power, because I didn’t punch on that (expletive) machine.”

Ngannou and Overeem will throw hands in the co-main event of tomorrow night’s UFC 218 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

But what would happen if “The Predator” connected on a prime Mike Tyson?

"That force can put everyone down if you connect at the perfect position," Ngannou told TMZ. “Even less than that. We are not a machine. We are just human."

Ngannou (10-1) has made a mockery of the UFC heavyweight division since making his Octagon debut in late 2015, racking up five straight wins with five violent finishes. Overeem (43-15, 1 NC), meanwhile, punched his way back to the top of the weight class with consecutive wins over Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum.

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