Alistair Overeem suffered one of the nastiest knockouts in recent memory at the hands of Francis Ngannou at last night's (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017) UFC 218 in Detroit, Michigan as the hard-hitting "Predator" tagged Alistair with an "uppercut from hell" that put him out for the count in the very first round.
While the former K-1 kickboxing champion — who lay on the ground for a while following the hit — wasn't able to make it to the post-fight presser, he is alive and well, taking to Twitter to issue a statement regarding the brutal defeat and his fighting future.
No damage and all healthy thankfully.. unfortunately lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with a uppercut from he**, one of his specialities which we new were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to the drawing-board— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 3, 2017
I guess that machine was on to something.
Not only did Ngannou's heavy hands starch Overeem, it ruined the former Strikeforce champion's UFC title dreams, as well, all while setting up his own date against division kingpin Stipe Miocic.
Since Ngannou barely broke a sweat and with Miocic well-rested after a seven-month break, Dana White revealed he'd like sign, seal and deliver the Heavyweight title fight as soon as possible, potentially at UFC 220 in January which is set to go down in Dana's old stomping grounds of Boston, Massachusetts.
And you can't help but to think that last night's devastating display of power put the reigning champion — who packs a punch of his own — on notice.
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