FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Francis Ngannou
By Kieran Cobley
Francis Ngannou takes this week’s Fighter of the Week honours after he knocked out Curtis Blaydes in under a minute at UFC Fight Night Beijing, his first win since losing back-to-back against Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title fight, and then to Derrick Lewis.
Both fighters came out slightly cautious, with both men well aware of what the other can do, with Blaydes showing he can finish fights, but knowing that Ngannou is a capable finisher and has beat him before.
As Blaydes moved into attack Ngannou, he was caught by a nasty straight right hand thrown by “The Predator” dropping him to the canvas. Ngannou quickly followed up on this, landing punch after punch as Blaydes struggled to get back to his feet, eventually forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight.
Ngannou now moves to 12-3, but will be unsure of his next fight, as he still hasn’t beaten former heavyweight champ Miocic, and with the title scene set up for the next few months with a series of fights involving Jon Jones and/or Brock Lesnar challenging Daniel Cormier almost inevitable.
Ngannou will have to prove to Dana White that he is champion material if he hopes to muscle himself back into contention.
Honourable mentions this week go to Alistair Overeem as he KO’d Segey Pavlovich, ending the Russian fighters twelve fight winning streak and ruining his UFC debut, and to Tito Ortiz, who capped off his legendary career with a first round KO win over Chuck Liddell to end their storied rivalry and finally beat “The Iceman”.
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