Francis Ngannou Insists Uppercut Led To Cain Velasquez KO, Not Knee Injury

Last night’s (Sun. February 17, 2019) UFC Phoenix card ended with an awkward knockout win for Francis Ngannou over Cain Velasquez. The fight lasted less than 30 seconds, as Velasquez went down after eating an uppercut from Ngannou and taking some heavy shots on the ground. However, Velasquez landed awkwardly on his knee, immediately grasping […]

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Last night’s (Sun. February 17, 2019) UFC Phoenix card ended with an awkward knockout win for Francis Ngannou over Cain Velasquez.

The fight lasted less than 30 seconds, as Velasquez went down after eating an uppercut from Ngannou and taking some heavy shots on the ground. However, Velasquez landed awkwardly on his knee, immediately grasping at it after falling to the canvas. Velasquez has said he was never hurt by any of Ngannou’s shots, and was instead put out by the knee injury.

Ngannou holds a different perspective, however. Speaking at the post-fight press conference, “The Predator” said the uppercut was clearly the factor that led to the Mexican star’s demise (via MMA Fighting):

“No, because the knee buckled after an uppercut on his chin,” Ngannou said. “You can look at the video about it, so you can find out and you will see the uppercut. That might be why his knee buckled, because he got disconnected.”

In the moment of the exchange against the cage, Ngannou threw a ton of punches as Velasquez was attempting to take him down. However, he didn’t feel the impact of them in real time. After rewatching the video afterward, Ngannou is confident it was the uppercut that got the victory:

“In the fight, I couldn’t see that, but I watched the video and you guys can also watch the video,” Ngannou said. “So when the uppercut, that shot connected he just fell right way. I think that’s what hurt his knee.”

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UFC’s Major ESPN Debut Does Best Numbers Since 2016

The UFC made its debut event on ESPN’s main channel last night (Sun. February 17, 2019). UFC Phoenix was headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez. In the end, it was “The Predator” who emerged victorious with a first-round knockout win. It looks like the event did rather successfully in the […]

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The UFC made its debut event on ESPN’s main channel last night (Sun. February 17, 2019).

UFC Phoenix was headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez. In the end, it was “The Predator” who emerged victorious with a first-round knockout win. It looks like the event did rather successfully in the ratings department. ESPN PR shared some interesting factoids on Twitter.

ESPN on ESPN 1 was the highest-rated card on cable since January of 2016. Ratings were also up 83 percent compared to the Fight Night main card t the comparable time in 2018. Also, ESPN now holds the three highest-rated UFC telecasts on cable since January of 2017. ESPN credits Nielsen for the information.

The UFC now airing events on ESPN is certainly a huge step forward for the promotion and the sport.

It will be interesting to see how well cards continue to perform on ESPN’s platform moving forward.

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Francis Ngannou: Velasquez’s Knee Buckled After An Uppercut On His Chin

Francis Ngannou says Cain Velasquez didn’t lose at UFC on ESPN 1 by some fluke. Ngannou took on Velasquez in the main event of UFC on ESPN 1 last night (Feb. 17). The bout took place inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. It t…

Francis Ngannou says Cain Velasquez didn’t lose at UFC on ESPN 1 by some fluke. Ngannou took on Velasquez in the main event of UFC on ESPN 1 last night (Feb. 17). The bout took place inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. It took Ngannou just 26 seconds to finish Velasquez. Ngannou […]

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Cain Velasquez Says UFC On ESPN 1 Loss Due To ‘Freak Accident’

Cain Velasquez doesn’t believe Francis Ngannou’s uppercut is what caused him to hit the canvas at UFC on ESPN 1. Last night (Feb. 17), Velasquez made his return to the Octagon in his home state of Arizona. The former two-time UFC heavyweigh…

Cain Velasquez doesn’t believe Francis Ngannou’s uppercut is what caused him to hit the canvas at UFC on ESPN 1. Last night (Feb. 17), Velasquez made his return to the Octagon in his home state of Arizona. The former two-time UFC heavyweight king hadn’t competed since July 2016. His return lasted just 26 seconds as […]

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UFC on ESPN 1 Bonuses, Attendance & Gate

The UFC on ESPN 1 card took place from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona last night (Sun. February 17, 2019). The event was the first UFC show on ESPN’s main channel. The Phoenix crowd turned out for the event with a total attend…

The UFC on ESPN 1 card took place from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona last night (Sun. February 17, 2019). The event was the first UFC show on ESPN’s main channel. The Phoenix crowd turned out for the event with a total attendance number of 14,269, and the gate was $1,409,447. Some well-deserved bonuses […]

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