Heavyweight phenom Francis Ngannou continued his terrifying run through the division of the giants on Saturday night in Detroit, as he st-st-st-starched – as Brendan Schaub might say – former Strikeforce champion and recent UFC title challenger Alistair Overeem with a sickening hook-cum-uppercut less than two minutes into the co-main event of UFC 218.
Overeem ran to the centre of the octagon and winged a wild left hook to open the fight, but then sought to clinch with Ngannou. That Overeem, a consummate striker, looked to employ such a gameplan says all that needs to be said about Ngannou’s aura and the fear that he has struck into the hearts of heavyweights throughout the UFC. Overeem, however, ended up getting pinned to the cage by the enormous Cameroon-born Frenchman. With little happening along the fence, the pair were soon separated and returned to the middle of the cage, or ‘No Man’s Land’, as it’s called when you are standing there with Ngannou.
Just second later, the fight was over. Overeem lay stretched out and stiff as a mannequin on the canvas. Ngannou paraded victoriously around the cage, a bunch of ‘KO of the Year’ awards and a UFC title shot likely in the bag.
— Simon Head (@simonhead) December 3, 2017
Twitter was pretty impressed…
WTF !!!! That may have been THE WORST knockout I have ever seen in my life. Francis Ngannou just hit Alistair Overeem with a MONSTER left hook that started from his hips. OMG. Hope The Reem is ok. #UFC218
— Joe Ferraro (@JoeAFerraro) December 3, 2017
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) December 3, 2017
Oh my God. Francis NGannou just delivered an uppercut from hell and took Alistair Overeem to the upside-down. NGannou has arrived folks. He's getting the next shot at Stipe Miocic. Wow. Overeem is still out cold. Goodnight sweetheart. #UFC218
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 3, 2017
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) December 3, 2017
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 3, 2017
— Matt Serra (@AngryMattSerra) December 3, 2017
Yo @francis_ngannou if you ever hit me like that ….. well, that’s just how it’s gonna be.
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) December 3, 2017
The win moves Ngannou to 6-0 in the UFC, with 6 finishes, and 11-1 overall. Overeem drops to 43-16 with 1 No Contest. The Dutchman is 8-5 in the UFC.