Francis Ngannou steps into the boxing ring this weekend to face Tyson Fury. A man known for his knockout power, Ngannou has built a catalogue of brutal knockout wins during his MMA career. Let’s take a look at five of his best ahead of the big fight in Saudi Arabia.
5. Francis Ngannou knockout vs Andrei Arlovski – UFC on FOX: Shevchenko vs Pena (2017)
This was Ngannou’s first true test inside the UFC. Arlovski was a former champion and still ranked #7 at the time of his fight with ‘The Predator’. However, Ngannou ran through the veteran 90 seconds into the first round, propelling him to the top of the division.
4. Francis Ngannou vs Bilal Tahtahi – 100% Fight 20: Comeback (2014)
During his early career, Ngannou faced Bilal Tahtahi on the French regional scene in the first of two fights he had that night. This was the first knockout of his career, the first fight we saw the power he possesses. The Cameroonian absolutely blasted the Belgian with a right hand in the first round and improved his record to 2-1.
3. Francis Ngannou vs Luis Henrique – UFC on FOX: Dos Anjos vs Cowboy 2 (2015)
Ngannou made his UFC debut in 2015 against Luis Henrique, opening the fight as a slight favourite. The 29-year-old walked the Brazilian down, sleeping him with a brutal uppercut in the second round to get his UFC career off to a flying start.
2. Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic – UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou 2 (2021)
His crowning moment. Ngannou showed tremendous improvement in his rematch with Miocic, he was able to stuff the takedown attempts from the champion in the first round before delivering a knockout blow less than a minute into the second round. Ngannou was crowned UFC champion for the first time, sending himself into superstardom.
1. Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem – UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo 2 (2017)
One of the greatest knockouts of all time. Ngannou had a viral moment when he took on Alistair Overeem at UFC 218. In the first round, he landed an absolute rocket of an uppercut that almost sent the Dutchman’s head into the stratosphere.
Can Ngannou pull off the upset and add Tyson Fury to his list of knockouts? What is your favourite Francis Ngannou knockout? Let us know in the comments below!