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Midnight Mania! Watch frightening Francis Ngannou crush pads from trainer’s point of view

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Few, if any, fighters in history can attack quite like Francis Ngannou. Per UFC’s punching power machine, “The Predator” hits harder than anyone else, but there’s more to it than simple impact. Ngannou’s long reach and speed make for a devastating forward charge unlike any other, capable of knocking out a decorated kickboxer like Jairzinho Rozenstruik in seconds (HIGHLIGHTS!)

There’s a reason his last four fights have lasted less than three minutes.

What’s it like to help train a monster like Ngannou? Past videos have shown Ngannou tossing around and generally beating up his mitt holders — it seems like a difficult job! Thanks to Xtreme Couture head coach Eric Nicksick, however, we can get a taste of the experience without actually feeling an Ngannou haymaker rattle our joints.

Check it out:

“I’ve never been shark cage diving,” Nickson wrote, “but I imagine it’s a lot like this ...”

It has not yet been officially announced, but it’s believed that Ngannou will receive his long-awaited rematch and title shot opposite Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 on March 27. Miocic successfully dodged the above hammers last time he stepped into the cage with Ngannou, but there’s little room for error against a puncher like that.

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