On Sunday night “The Predator” hunted again as Francis Ngannou knocked out Cain Velasquez in just 26 seconds. As Velasquez shot in for a takedown he was caught by an uppercut that stunned him, as he stayed committed to the double leg his left knee gave out on his next step which led to an easy night at the office for Ngannou. After almost 3 years off recovering from injuries Velasquez suffers yet another set back that could cost him his legacy at this point. Many argue that he is the greatest heavyweight of all time, but his recent reputation for being injury prone has knocked him into the “what could have been” category with his career dwindling down. He has said that he intends to fight in the near future, but he must deal with his knee before anything else. At the post fight presser he said it might be a meniscus tear but it’s really too early to tell at this point.
As for Ngannou, he believes a title shot is next with another first round knockout. Finishing fights has become a trend for the 32-year old as all of his wins have come by stoppage. Another interesting note is all three of his losses have come by decision, which means he finishes people and they don’t finish him. Combine this with all of his highlight knockouts and this makes for one scary human being. It’s pretty safe to say that he is the most feared fighter in the UFC. After a couple setbacks in 2018 Ngannou seems to be back and hungry for the title.
Other notable fights included:
- former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao losing to Luke Sanders via tko.
- #7 ranked Bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling def. #5 ranked Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision.
- Jiu Jitsu specialist Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres via submission.
- Lightweight contender Paul Felder def. James Vick via unanimous decision.
- Fight of the Night: Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena via tko with 5 seconds left in a absolute war