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Francis Ngannou is a power-punching phenom. He reportedly holds the record for hardest punch ever recorded over at the UFC Apex, but one doesn’t need fancy lab equipment to recognize the obvious: Ngannou hits people, and they go down hard. “The Predator” is a scary man!
Besides his status as Heavyweight champ, his knockout artist reputation is why Ngannou was recruited by the Jackass 4 crew for a bit. How did they make use of Ngannou’s incredible gift?
“That’s the craziest thing that I’ve ever seen. Man, I had to punch somebody in the nuts,” Ngannou said (via MiddleEasy), “I did it the first time, (and they said) ‘Listen man, we know you. People know that you’re the hardest puncher in the world. It wasn’t hard enough.’ I was like ‘Are you kidding me? Like, I’m nervous, I could hurt this guy. Did he at least have kids or something?”
What are the physical consequences of such a brutal impact? Former Middleweight champion Michael Bisping — a man who has endured some serious physical trauma — broke it down on his Believe You Me podcast. Shockingly, the prognosis was ... not good!
“This is ludicrous,” Bisping said (via MMAFighting). This is crazy. They’re going to let Francis Ngannou punch them in the balls as hard as he can. Punch them in the nuts for Jackass 4. That’s insane. There’s just no way.... (That’s like) a Toyota Prius going at a healthy pace. Your Uber driver takes his eye off the road for a split second and where does he hit you? Right in the balls. Listen, I don’t know man. How much money would they have to pay you for Francis Ngannou to punch you in the balls as hard as he can? There’s no way! There’s no amount of money! That would explode a testicle!
“Francis Ngannou will pop your balls. They will explode like a balloon. If he punches you with bare knuckles to the testicles, it’s a bad day at the office. Simple as that.”
To wrap this thoughtful piece up, let’s conclude with an MMA “Would You Rather” scenario. Would you rather take the aforementioned “Predator” uppercut to testes or endure legendary kickboxer Raymond Daniel’s spinning back to the same target?
Andre Fili drops some truth; the only comparable experiences to the positive reaction of winning a fight in regular life are major events like having a kid or getting married!
Rafael dos Anjos is either lying or being deceived.
I just heard back from the UFC that Islam accepted to fight me Oct 30 5 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Khabib agreed to come out of retirement to avenge his brother’s loss after that.— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 22, 2021
Cory Sandhagen has both the mental game and the skills of a future champion.
Tai Tuivasa will be back in the cage sooner than later.
Caught in a nearly endless cycle of funk rolling!
Darren Elkins is one of the most successful grinders in UFC history. Respect “The Damage!”
Slips, rips, and KO clips
This is one of the cleanest counters to a cross that I’ve ever seen. Perfect!
Every Liam Harrison fight clip comes with a fascinating story of pain and injury.
One more clip of Adrian Yanez violence before this weekend:
Please lean forward and retest.
Midnight Music: Went in more of a punk/hardcore direction tonight!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.