Be scared, homie.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title contender, Francis Ngannou, reestablished his place among the top 265-pound contenders by trashing former champion, Cain Velasquez, in the UFC on ESPN 1 main event last Sunday night (Feb. 17, 2019) in Phoenix, Arizona.
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While critics will attribute “The Predator’s” most recent knockout win to a blown knee from Velasquez (details), there’s no question Ngannou was dropping bombs inside the phone booth, a far cry from his three-round staring contest against Derrick Lewis last July.
UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, was thoroughly impressed.
“He’s so big, dude,” Rogan said on his official fight companion (via MMA Fighting). “He’s so big and so dangerous. He’s incredible. Cain is one of the best of all time, that’s how good Ngannou is. Francis is the scariest of all time. The thing about Francis is, he’s learning at this really rapid rate when you look at a guy that’s only been doing it for how many years now? 100 percent training, he’s been fighting for maybe five years. I think five years from the time he learned martial arts. Dude, he’s a movie character. Here’s the thing though, all he has to do is get better at that first round and do you really think a lot of guys are gonna make it into that second or third round?”
Not once in a lifetime. ONCE EVER.
Ngannou (13-3) jumped out to a 6-0 start to his Octagon career with five knockouts and one submission, including consecutive beheadings over Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem, two of the better heavyweight strikers of the ZUFFA era.
While he was later exposed by former champion, Stipe Miocic, who proved there is more to being champion than just knocking people on their asses, it appears “The Predator” learned his lesson and finally got his ego in check.
Where he goes from here, remains to be seen.