The heavyweight Frenchman took on number one heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem in the co-main event of UFC 218...and put his lights out! A former Dream, Strikeforce and K-1 champion, he has fought a who's who of the best fighters of all time. One of the deadliest strikers in heavyweight history, he'd have the speed, power, and yes, fighting smarts of Ngannou to contend with. Ngannou blasted Overeem with the left hand from Hades to earn the knockout win in under two minutes.
Ngannou doesn't even have 15 fights under his belt and he can do this? Wow.
That includes being clean KO'd by some of the heaviest hitters in the sport, including Stipe Miocic, Antonio Silva, Sergei Kharatanov, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Chuck Liddell and now Francis Ngannou. And in doing so, he made a huge statement. After charging across the cage to start the fight, Overeem tried for a takedown and then initiated a clinch, though it didn't take long for Ngannou to turn him and force him into the fence as a counter. With not much going on, however, ref Big Dan came in and broke the pair up.More news: Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Information
While Overeem goes back to the drawing board, Ngannou moves on to bigger things. Ngannou added a followup strike on the ground, but "The Reem" was out cold.
UFC 218 was Ngannou's chance to prove his worth and he did just that after a thunderous left hook in the first round.