Finishing the Fight: UFC 249


Francis “The Predator” Ngannou (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC)

UFC 218 Francis Ngannou, Alistair Overeem
Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 in Detroit. Ngannou defeated Overeem by first-round knockout. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Francis Ngannou, KO artist. The fight that sticks out in everyone’s minds would easily be the KO against Alistar Overeem that Ngannou produced in late 2017. This finish perfectly illustrates the power of ‘The Predator’ and that if he connects flush with a punch, it can knock out any fighter on the receiving end.

Francis Ngannou’s X-factor is without a doubt the knockout power that he posses within his hands. Francis has a 100% finishing rate having stopped all 14 of his professional opponents. Ngannou has finished 9 of his 14 professional wins by KO/TKO, and he does it in a real hurry. Ngannou has stopped 7 of his UFC opponents in the very first round. Francis has knocked out former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velasquez, and Junior dos Santos. Ngannou faltered in his UFC heavyweight title shot attempt against Stipe Miocic, due to his lack of ground game and was completely worn down.  Francis is not yet even 5 years into the sport of MMA. So it doesn’t come as that big of a surprise that he is not yet a complete, well-rounded fighter. But he does punch harder than anyone we have ever seen in the UFC before. Ngannou’s upcoming fight at UFC 249 is with an up-and-coming fighter. Jairzinho Rozenstruik is himself a KO artist with power in his hands, and a 4-0 record in the UFC, all finishes.  This is a bout that is sure to be one watched on the edge of seats because it could be over in a split second.


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