“Francis is the Baddest Man Alive” – Kamaru Usman Says Even Boxers Like Anthony Joshua Cannot Compete Against Francis Ngannou

Published 10/09/2021, 9:07 AM EDT
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)


The current UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, is one of the strongest fighters in the promotion. Ngannou won the UFC heavyweight title by beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 via knockout in the second round in March 2021. The Cameroonian mixed martial artist is one of the heaviest hitters ever. He even holds the world record for the hardest punch ever recorded.

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The current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who was in Ngannou’s corner for his title-winning fight against Miocic, also gave his take on the punching power of ‘The Predator’.

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Kamaru, in an interview, said, “Francis has the Guinness World Record right now for the hardest punch. From the sports science, from what they did, they said, it is equivalent to a Ford Escort hitting you at 70 miles an hour.

“That’s the thing with Francis. They use the term baddest man alive, like the heavyweight champion. In this case, literally, you can say that for Francis. He is the baddest man alive. I know a lot of people might try to put up the debate, yeah you got boxers Anthony Joshua and this and that. Na, boxers, you take them down. Francis is literally the baddest man alive walking,” Kamaru added.

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Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane

Francis Ngannou is set to defend his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January 2022.

Francis Ngannou, ever since signing with the UFC, has only lost twice and has an overall record of 16-3. He has won 12 of his fights via a knockout and is one of the most feared strikers. Gane, on the other hand, is undefeated in his professional MMA career. He is light on his feet and can be a tough matchup for Ngannou.

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Veteran UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, on his podcast was all praises for Gane. Rogan said, “Ciryl Gane, who’s 6 foot 5, 247 lbs, moves like a 170-pounder. It’s crazy. He’s bouncing like Wonderboy.” Rogan was referring to UFC welterweight Stephen ‘Wonderboy‘ Thompson.

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Ngannou and Gane are also former training partners, so one could assume say they would know a lot about each other’s fighting style and the game plan. Ngannou, no doubt, would look to finish the fight as early as possible, by throwing bombs and using the unreal power he has. Gane would try to control the pace of the fight, trying to stretch it out to the championship rounds.

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People couldn’t have asked for a better matchup and one thing is for sure, everybody is in for a treat with this fight.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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