Joe Rogan spoke during a recent episode of his podcast about the effect that Francis Ngannou’s power is having on fighters before he even touches them.
Ngannou is slowly carving out a reputation as the hardest puncher in the history of the sport.
It may seem like a bit of a stretch to say but this run, in particular, has showcased some of the most beautifully swift violence we’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing inside the octagon.
There was the sense among some that the former champion of the division JDS would perhaps be able to test the longevity of the Cameroonian with his technical boxing and those betting on the Brazilian were hopeful that he could drag this one into the later rounds and avoid the big shots where others couldn’t.
Speaking on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan explained how Junior’s solid start quickly turned sour once the famed power of the Cameroonian came into play.
“The scary thing is he just clipped him. He clipped him, rocked him, put him down, pounded on his head and Junior just couldn’t even move. He just laid there and [took] it and they stopped it quick. That was 100 percent legitimate.”
“Junior had a good start where he was kicking the leg. Especially the lower part of the leg, you can really f*ck someone up with that. He knocked him off balance and that can really f*ck you up man. Like really mess up your movement.
“And if that was the case, if he was able mess up his movement and get him to miss a little bit, get him so that he was having a hard time moving correctly and keep chewing on that leg then maybe there would be openings for him to jump in with some punches.
“The problem is when they’re both on the outside Francis is bigger and the consequences are way more grave. If Francis clips you, it’s nighty night. I don’t care who you are.”
The sheer reputation of Ngannou’s power is now increasing by the fight and with three consecutive first-round finishes making up his current run, the fear factor that comes with facing him inside the octagon is only increasing.
Rogan went on to explain how this subconscious fear of being KO’d in an instant when facing down The Predator is causing fighters to make mistakes they would not normally make.
“That’s what happens with Ngannou, you’re like ‘Jesus Christ, I’m going to see lights any second now I’m going to see a big flash and I’m going to be out cold, any second now it’s coming.’
“You see the reaction they have to him. They fight different with him than they do with anybody else because the consequences are so grave. If you watch the way he knocked out Alistair Overeem – the consequences are so grave, so everyone is scared. It’s normal, everyone is scared to fight. There’s going to be at least some anxiety or some fear, your heart-rate is going to get jacked, your adrenaline going to be pumping.”
Listen to Rogan’s thoughts on the heavyweight contender below:
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