Two of the scariest men on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight roster, Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, locked horns tonight (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017) in UFC 218’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Most fight fans didn’t expect it to last very long, and those fight fans were absolutely correct, with Ngannou scoring one of the most violent first round knockouts ever.
Overeem immediately charged Ngannou and tried to land a sneaky left hook, but he ended up missing. He was able to close the distance, though, and the pair locked up along the fence with Ngannou stomping his foot. The referee separated them after a brief stalemate and that was the beginning of a violent end for Overeem. “The Reem” missed with a looping left hook and Ngannou countered with perhaps the most vicious uppercut ever. He literally lifted Overeem off the canvas with the power of his punch — he was out before he hit the canvas. Ngannou followed it up with another final shot on his unconscious opponent before the referee could jump in and save him.
That has to go down as one of the most violent knockouts ever — Overeem was stiff as a board, his toes pinned for several seconds. It was scary, actually. The good news is he walked out of the Octagon. The bad news is he might never recover from a shot like that — it was terrifying.
Good luck, Stipe Miocic, because Francis Ngannou is one very bad — and very dangerous — man. Good lord.
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