Francis Ngannou Wants Title Shot Next; Not Miocic Rematch

Francis and Stipe Miocic are in agreement on two things: Stipe Miocic was the better man on the night of January 20, 2018 as over 16,000 fans witnessed from inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massaschussets; and that there should not be a rematch of that …

Francis and Stipe Miocic are in agreement on two things: Stipe Miocic was the better man on the night of January 20, 2018 as over 16,000 fans witnessed from inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massaschussets; and that there should not be a rematch of that bout…or, at least, not yet. Following Francis Ngannou’s TKO […]

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Joe Rogan Says Francis Ngannou Is ‘Scariest Guy He’s Ever Seen’

Joe Rogan says UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou is one of the scariest guys he’s ever seen. This is an interesting comment made by the longtime UFC color commentator as he made it after Francis’ latest fight. In his latest fight, he beat former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the headliner of UFC […]

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Joe Rogan says UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou is one of the scariest guys he’s ever seen. This is an interesting comment made by the longtime UFC color commentator as he made it after Francis’ latest fight.

In his latest fight, he beat former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the headliner of UFC on ESPN 1 by KO in just 26 seconds. The fight took place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to this fight, Ngannou rebounded in a big way with a first-round knockout over the formerly surging Curtis Blaydes at November 24’s UFC Beijing.

Rogan talked about his belief while doing a Fight Companion podcast for UFC Phoenix.

“He’s so big, dude,” said Rogan (H/T to MMAFighting) . ”He’s so big and so dangerous. He’s incredible. Cain is one of the best of all time, that’s how good Ngannou is. This is the scariest guy I’ve ever seen. I’m telling you, dude, if that guy keeps learning, and it seems like he had a weird spot, but you know what I really like about that weird spot that he got into? He was honest about it. He said, ‘I carried over fear from my last fight.’ A guy that can look at himself that honestly…”

“Francis is the scariest of all time. The thing about Francis is, he’s learning at this really rapid rate when you look at a guy that’s only been doing it for how many years now? 100 percent training, he’s been fighting for maybe five years. I think five years from the time he learned martial arts. Dude, he’s a movie character.”

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Joe Rogan Reacts To Francis Ngannou’s Win Over Cain Velasquez (Video)

Joe Rogan wasn’t in the booth for UFC on ESPN 1, but he was certainly watching. Rogan is a longtime color commentator for the UFC, but he limits his appearances to pay-per-views. He doesn’t do all PPVs either as he’s usually off cards…

Joe Rogan wasn’t in the booth for UFC on ESPN 1, but he was certainly watching. Rogan is a longtime color commentator for the UFC, but he limits his appearances to pay-per-views. He doesn’t do all PPVs either as he’s usually off cards outside of the United States. For some events that he doesn’t call, […]

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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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