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Of all the very dangerous men and women on the UFC roster, Francis Ngannou ranks highly among the most intimidating. He’s massive, in great shape, and has world-record shattering power behind his punches. He’s simply a scary man!
Enter Hoga Le Pitchichi, who clearly does not feel fear.
Hoga is a well-known comedian in Ngannou’s native country of Cameroon, and he stepped up to the plate in a big way by taking on “The Predator” in a charity MMA fight. Check it out below:
Ngannou’s battle with Hoga benefited the Francis Ngannou foundation. Ngannou’s foundation offers free martial arts lessons to Cameroonian youths, and it’s the first combat sports gym in the country.
While not busy dispatching comics for a good cause, Ngannou has been absolutely devastating the Heavyweight ranks. He’s won four straight bouts via knockout in just a couple of minutes total, establishing himself as the top contender to Stipe Miocic’s throne. However, Jon Jones’ move to Heavyweight is proving to be something of a threat to his position, as Jones may leapfrog Ngannou for his own title opportunity.
We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.
Gerald Meerschaert is a significant step up in competition for Khamzat Chimaev.
He's not leaving the cage physically able to fight in October. https://t.co/S3uAjlAVmi— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) September 4, 2020
This random lady really used hair pulls and a wrestling-style hand-fight to escape whatever is happening here. Amazing.
I DON'T know what happened here but all I see is KAREN out here TRANSITIONING & defending TAKEDOWNS! Managers better step their game up! . JIU-JITSU pic.twitter.com/lTGaguCxQw— Brad Johnson (@bradjohnson_mma) September 4, 2020
There’s no way Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson isn’t amazing. Also, Poirier’s Southpaw jab is quite nice!
This old clip of Mike Tyson shadowboxing is incredible.
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Cus D'Amato believed that shadow boxing is the most important exercise a fighter can partake in. He mentioned that it is where a fighter builds his habits and that is why it is important to focus during this exercise. Because of this, he believed you should shadow box how you fight, throwing each punch with extreme intensity and to your full potential. Cus would make Mike throw one punch for rounds on end to make sure he perfected it and through it as fast, as hard, and with a perfect of a form as he could each time. Another exercise that the Tyson camp was known for while shadow boxing is moving their head two to three times after each punch or combo. Cus’s mentality was that you are a good fighter when “you can hit, and not be hit, but at the same time be exciting...that’s when you’re a fighter.” That is exactly what their training camp focused on.
Will Marcos Rogerio de Lima be the hammer or nail tomorrow? His bout seems unlikely to leave the first round regardless.
An update from Dana White on fighter pay:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
One of my primary sparring partners picked up a the first-round knockout win with a big combination of power shots at tonight’s LFA event. Congrats Allan! Not the guy to walk straight towards ...
Few experiences the highest highs and lowest lows all in one fight quite as often as Michael Johnson.
Kevin Lee’s head kick knockout opposite Gregor Gillespie was really spectacular, and it’s worth re-watching from all these angles.
Improve your cookie game!
How every common mistake changes a cookie pic.twitter.com/j9NLKkWsGW— Food Insider (@InsiderFood) September 4, 2020
Midnight Music: Happy weekend y’all!
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