Francis Ngannou Relives The destruction of Alistair Overeem in One of the Most Stunning Knockouts of the UFC

Published 12/03/2020, 5:38 AM EST
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)


Three years ago, Francis Ngannou stunned UFC fans with his intimidating victory over ‘The Demolition Man’, Alistair Overeem. Even before the fight began, UFC fans presumed that it would be a short but highly entertaining heavyweight fight.

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However, the short fight remained etched in the memories of fans due to the violent one-punch finish that put Overeem to sleep. The ‘Predator’ shared a snippet of that knockout on his official social media handle. He wrote, “3 years have gone by fast #thepredator”

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Ngannou vs Overeem headlined the co-main event that evening. The veteran was aware of Ngannou’s power and tried to land a takedown in the first 30 seconds. However, he failed to keep ‘The Predator’ in check.

Ngannou leveraged Overeem at cage-side and tried landing body shots. The referee had to intervene and separate the duo after a prolonged clinch. Subsequently, as they separated, Ngannou capitalized as ‘The Reem’s’ guard dropped. He hit him with a blunt uppercut in the second minute of the opening round.

‘The Demolition Man’ referred to the punch from Ngannou as ‘uppercut from hell’. Following this brutal loss, he took to Twitter and wrote, ”No damage and all healthy thankfully..unfortunately lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with a uppercut from he**, one of his specialties which we new were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to drawing-board.”

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Is Francis Ngannou the most powerful UFC Heavyweight ever?

The ‘Predator’ never likes his fights going a distance. In his entire run at the UFC, only two fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards. Ngannou has finished 9 opponents via T/KO and 1 via submission in the promotion.

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BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC President, Dana White said, Francis Ngannou holds the world record for the most ‘powerful punch’. His punch is equivalent to 96 horsepower, which is equal to getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can.

The ‘Predator’ with his unreal power, has accrued millions of fans across the planet. Currently, he is one of the brightest heavyweight fighters in the world. He is expected to challenge the Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, in mid-2021.

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Just like in every fight of ‘The Predator’, fans will anticipate fireworks in this fight as well. What has been your favorite highlight of Ngannou’s career? Which knockout in the UFC would you rate as his best?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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