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Francis Ngannou Beats Alistair Overeem via Vicious 1st-Round KO at UFC 218 [+video]

Bleacher Report | Francis Ngannou took a huge step toward proving he’s the future of the heavyweight division with a first-round knockout victory over Alistair Overeem in the co-main event of UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

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The Reem came out trying to clinch with Ngannou—a good idea given the incredible power Ngannou possesses. However, the hulking heavyweight was able to flip position and trap Overeem against the cage.

After some stalling against the cage, referee Dan Miragliotta decided to separate the two. That was bad news for Overeem. Ngannou unleashed a massive left hook that instantly turned out the lights and announced himself as one of the most dangerous men in the division.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports immediately compared it to a legendary heavyweight knockout:

After the fight, Joe Rogan told Ngannou he would be fighting Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship. The Cameroon native didn’t shy away from that challenge:

It certainly is an interesting fight after this result. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto summed up how most are probably feeling about that potential matchup:

The win sets up even bigger and better things for the 31-year-old. Ngannou has experienced a meteoric rise since joining the UFC in December 2015. He’s now 6-0 in the Octagon, and a title shot could be in his future sooner rather than later.

According to Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMAjunkie, UFC President Dana White has said that the winner of this fight will be the next challenger for current champion Miocic.

Of course, White’s word doesn’t always necessarily mean it’s going to happen, but Ngannou already started campaigning for his title shot before taking on Overeem.

“Stipe took the belt from (Fabricio) Werdum, and that was not a long time ago,” Ngannou said, per Simon Samano and Ken Hathaway of MMAjunkie. “Yes, Werdum deserves, but right now I deserve it more. I win this fight, I will be the legit challenger.”

Ngannou’s rise to the top is one of the best stories in the UFC right now. The Cameroon native has risen from homelessness to UFC prominence thanks to a unique blend of size, athleticism and pure punching power.

He already holds the world record for highest recorded punching power:

Given his look, skills and knack for ending fights, it’s no surprise he’s getting a big push from the promotion. The heavyweight division has been short on new talent for a long time. The top 10 of the division is still marked with names like Werdum, Overeem, Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt.

Ngannou’s breaking into that tier of heavyweight contenders is exactly what the division needs.

Now all that’s left to see is whether he’s ready to be the champion after just six fights in the UFC. Miocic has become one of just five heavyweight champions to defend the belt twice consecutively. No one has defended it a third time.

Ngannou is hoping he can now become the main to keep that streak alive.

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14 comments

  1. What a fight.
    This guy is a beast for real.
    He is the next big thing in MMA

  2. Iron Francis! Keep it up.

  3. bamendaybBoy

    no matter what i am behind you my brother

  4. Bami pawa! Wish u could use it on Biya.

    • @AmbaBLOOD

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        • So why are you mention “ you wished u could use it on biya “ so who are scared of you Ambablood

  5. Congratulations my brother. Thanks for shinning light on the situation in Lybia

  6. @AmbaBLOOD

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    SHAME ON YOU @AMBABLOOD

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      Freedom land Allodium glorious,
      King of kings Divine, Thy name we praise
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      When our fight of honour is over.
      Let our song of triumph fill the sky
      And our faith and steadfast courage
      Firm as the mighty rock
      Win from they hand the crown of victory.

  7. southerncameroon

    @ Ambablood

    good for you

    O Cameroon thou cradle of our fathers,

    Holy shrine where in our midst they now repose,

    Their tears and blood, and sweat thy soil did water,

    On thy hills and valleys once their tillage rose.

    Dear fatherland, thy worth no tongue can tell!

    How can we ever pay thy due?

    Thy welfare we will win in toil and love and peace,

    Will be to thy name ever true!

  8. southerncameroon

    @ AmbaBlood

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  9. @ ambablood

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    bad propaganda
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    now will know who is who
    where the united nation, EU, USA, COMMONWEALTH, AFRICA UNION
    i