With a future Heavyweight title shot apparently on the line, the stakes were sky-high for Francis Ngannou (No. 2) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (No. 6), who locked horns on UFC 249’s ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) main card tonight (Sat., May 9, 2020) from inside Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Ngannou came into the showdown on a terrifying tear, winning his three most recent bouts via (technical) knockout ... in less than 2.5 minutes combined. Rozenstruik, meanwhile, was no slouch, ending his first (and only) four fights via (technical) knockout as well. It was a fight no one really expected to last more than one round, and certainly not two. In the end, it only lasted 20 violent seconds, as Ngannou unleashed hell on Rozenstruik from the jump.
Ngannou sauntered out to the center of the cage, cool and composed. The pair circled for a few seconds and Rozenstruik chipped away with two inside leg kicks. Then, all hell broke loose! Ngannou blitzed Rozenstruik, missing with a huge looping left hook. But, as Rozenstruik hauled ass backward, Ngannou clipped him with a right hand and then a flush left that turned off Rozenstruik’s lights. Ngannou connected with several shots as he was slumped along the cage, out cold, before the referee could pull him off. It took all of 20 seconds … and the finishing sequence was probably less than half of that. It was a terrifying display, as Ngannou has proven once again that no one — NO ONE — in mixed martial arts (MMA) today hits harder than the Cameroonian. He’s scary.
Final Result: Ngannou defeats Rozenstruik via knockout in round one
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