Francis Ngannou scored a huge victory over former champion Cain Velasquez, and now he mulls taking on his opponent’s long-time friend, Daniel Cormier.
“The Predator” sizzled to an impressive technical knockout victory over the returning MMA legend in the main event of UFC Fight Night held at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday night.
After an easy win over “Cardio Cain,” Ngannou thinks the current heavyweight kingpin should come after him and exact revenge for his teammate.
Ngannou and Velasquez headlined UFC’s first offering under the ESPN banner. What expected to be a barnburner affair turned out to be a lopsided fight as the rising heavyweight star made quick work of the former two-time champion.
The Cameroonian mixed martial artist needed only 26 seconds to dispatch Velasquez and earned a first-round technical victory, his second straight since cruising to a 45-second knockout of Curtis Blayde last November.
Known as one of the best power punchers in the promotion, Ngannou landed an uppercut that sent Velasquez down while twisting his knee, before throwing another flurry of strikes to get the stoppage.
It was the win he needed to erase the heartbreaks of his past two losses to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018. It also solidified his status as the top contender for the heavyweight belt.
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While Velasquez insisted that it was the knee injury that cost him the fight, the 32-year old Cameroonian claimed that it was his right hand that sent him down.
“You can look at the video, and you will see the uppercut. That might be why the knee buckled because he got disconnected.”
“In the fight, you’re just trying to do whatever you can do to get out of there, because he was getting closer, and I didn’t want him to be close. I just wanted him to be at distance.”
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As for his next fight, Ngannou is now eyeing the heavyweight strap and wants to lock horns with the reigning champion, DC, so he can also have the chance to avenge Cain’s recent loss.
“I think he should come to avenge his teammate, and that would be a good matchup.”
DC has been linked to a fight with WWE star Brock Lesnar, but Ngannou believes that the pay-per-view behemoth will not show up.
“For Brock Lesnar, he’s just walking around talking (expletive), but he never shows up for a fight. So let’s see.”
UFC Fight Night: Ngannou vs Velasquez Full Results:
Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez — Ngannou def. Velasquez by TKO (punches) at 0:26 of Round One
Paul Felder vs. James Vick — Felder def. Vick by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey — Calvillo def. Casey by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie — Gracie def. Caceres by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:06 of Round One
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Barberena by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:54 of Round Three
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury — Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez — Bermudez def. Lopez by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:09 of Round One
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee — Lee def. Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz — Lentz def. Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders — Sanders def. Barao by KO (punches) at 1:01 of Round Two
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire — Whitmire def. Albu by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:01 of Round One
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