Joe Rogan Reveals the Only UFC Heavyweight Who Can Rival the Power of Francis Ngannou

Published 03/25/2021, 9:06 AM EDT


UFC commentator Joe Rogan sat down with welterweight contender Leon Edwards on an episode of his podcast ‘Joe Rogan Experience’. The long-time UFC broadcaster went in on heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou and his upcoming title fight at UFC 260. ‘The Predator rematches Stipe Miocic in an attempt to avenge his loss from UFC 220 back in 2018.

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Additionally, Rogan chimed in on another heavyweight contender who is close to the title picture and could get a title shot soon. Derrick Lewis is coming off a KO of the Year performance against Curtis Blaydes from back in February. ‘The Black Beast’ holds KO records in the company and is one of the hardest hitters across the sport of MMA.

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Joe Rogan proposes Derrick Lewis as Francis Ngannou’s KO artist rival

Rogan, who has seen it all in MMA, was of the viewpoint that Derrick Lewis was the only man to match Ngannou’s terrific power. Rivaling Ngannou’s pure punching power is hard to comprehend, but Derrick has proven to have Semtex-laden fists. Moreover, he’s dangerous, no matter where the fight ends up.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Commentator Joe Rogan during the UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I wanna see Francis and Derrick Lewis again. I wanna see a rematch of that fight. Lewis was here last week, his back was pretty f*cked up going into that fight. He is the only guy in the UFC, in the heavyweight division, that has the same kind of power that Francis has. You cannot make any mistakes with either one of those guys.

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“Both guys have crazy power. That Blaydes knockout was brutal. It’s one of those things though, Francis can’t get hit by him. Nobody can get hit by Derrick Lewis, like he can knock out anybody. Both guys can knock each other out.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes trade punches in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The Black Beast’ will have his eyes peeled at UFC 260’s heavyweight title fight set for Saturday night. He could very well face the winner and aim to rack another body count to his growing resume as the UFC’s KO king. Not to mention, he’s already fought Ngannou in the past and will want to erase the lackluster performance from the minds of fans.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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