UFC Fight Night 141: [Recap]
While Curtis Blaydes might have some justification over the stoppage, but his opponent Francis Ngannou will not care less.
Ngannou not so long ago labelled the next big thing, but was riding a two-fight losing streak going into his rematch with Blaydes in Beijing. A big over hand right dropped Blaydes and the flurry of punches that followed, convinced Marc Goddard to wave the fight off at 0:45 of the opening round. Ngannou badly needed the win to snap his recent losing form, and he obliged with the sort of power hitting that got the hype train going in the first place.
Other than an early takedown attempt that Ngannou easily stuffed, Blaydes didn’t have time to get going, and for him the fight was over before it had really started. Blaydes had his own win streak stopped in his tracks, but with the wafer thin nature of the division, he will be back.
For Ngannou, he badly needed this win, and amongst other names he mentioned in his post fight interview, a rematch with Stipe Miocic looks to be his quickest route back to title contention.
Ngannou with the win improves his record to 12-3, Blaydes now sits at 10-2 with 1NC.
Alistair Overeem kept his career alive with a stoppage of the unbeaten UFC newcomer Sergey Pavlovich at 4:21 of the opening round. Overeem like his old foe Ngannou, was on a two fight skid and the win keeps him relevant in the UFC heavyweight division. Pavlovich had early success with a right hand, but Overeem got the fight to the ground, and after a little reminder of the old ground and pound Overeem, the fight was waved off. Overeem improves to 44-17, Pavlovich drops to 12-1.
OTHER MAIN CARD RESULTS:
Song Yadong def Vince Morales via decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Li Jingliang def David Zawada via TKO (Strikes) at 4:07 of Rd 3
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