There is a new member of the Francis Ngannou fans club.
The 32-year-old Cameroonian continued his hot streak last weekend after a masterful performance over Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC on ESPN 1, which earned him a first-round technical knockout victory and his second consecutive since losing back-to-back to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis last year.
Ngannou cemented his status as the top contender for the heavyweight title as he turned to his hitting power to demolish the MMA legend just 26 seconds to the opening round. For this most recent victory, the knockout artist has earned the praises of the renowned colour commentator, Joe Rogan.
Heavyweight rising star Francis Ngannou welcomed Cain Velasquez back in the cage after over two years of hiatus. The MMA legend was last seen at UFC 200 in 2016, where he hammered Travis Browne for an emphatic TKO win before being sidelined due to injuries and health struggles.
“Cardio Cain” has defied fans’ doubts that he can no longer continue his fighting career because of the injuries he sustained. He stressed that he had a great time off while his coach claimed that the former two-time heavyweight champion has become more mature, smarter, and a better fighter.
Ngannou, meanwhile, just came back to the win column last November, following a pair of huge defeats to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis respectively. The Cameroonian coasted to a 45-second knockout of Curtis Blaydes at UFC Beijing to earn the Performance of the Night honour, though it was still not enough to erase the heartbreaks from his last two losses.
Last Sunday, “The Predator” had another shot to redeem himself and once again, he delivered.
The 32-year-old made quick work of Velasquez in the main event of UFC on ESPN 1 as he finished the returning fighter in just the 26 seconds to the opening round with a ground and pound.
Ngannou hit a charging Cain with an uppercut early in the first before the former champ went down after another hit, with Velasquez potentially twisting his own knee. The Cameroonian then landed more strikes, which forced the referee to stop the fight.
The top heavyweight contender has finally redeemed himself after a disappointing 2018. Despite criticisms on his talent following a sorry loss to Lewis, Ngannou showed that he remains as one of the biggest forces at 265-lb and UFC commentator Joe Rogan is aware of that.
In the recent edition of his Fight Companion podcast, Rogan was all praises for the knockout artist and even called him as the “scariest guy I have ever seen.”
“He’s so big, dude. 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. This is the scariest guy I’ve ever seen.”
“I’m telling you, dude, if that guy keeps learning, and it seems like he had a weird spot, but you know what I really like about that weird spot that he got into? He was honest about it. He said, ‘I carried over fear from my last fight.’ A guy that can look at himself that honestly…”
“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 per cent 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,” he quipped.
Ngannou has expressed his interest in locking horns with current champion and Cain’s best friend, Daniel Cormier. But UFC President Dana White stressed that the promotion has other plans for DC, who has been linked to square off with WWE star Brock Lesnar this year.
Who do you think Ngannou should fight next? Do you agree with Rogan that he is the scariest fighter of all time?
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