Last night, on the main card of the absolutely wild UFC 218, red hot heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou picked up the biggest win of his career, executing Alistair Overeem with a first-round uppercut.
With this win, Ngannou seems to have positioned himself for a shot at Stipe Miocic and the UFC heavyweight title. In the opinion of UFC President Dana White, he’s also on the cusp of becoming an international rock star.
“We’ve had some trouble getting him a fight,” White said of Ngannou’s lack of fights in 2017 (via MMAFighting.com). “But once we keep this guy active and you see him doing this to all the big stars that you know and yeah, I think this guy’s going to be a rock star globally.”
“The guy, first of all, when you look at him, he looks like the heavyweight champion of the world,” White said. “I mean, he looks like the heavyweight champion of something. The guy is a monster.”
“He looked incredible tonight. Wow… That’s as impressive a heavyweight knockout as you’ll ever see.”
With this crushing win over Alistair Overeem, Francis Ngannou moved to an impressive 11-1 overall. His 6 most recent wins have all occurred in the UFC’s Octagon, where he has levelled Luis Henrique, Curtis Blaydes, Bojan Mihajlović, Anthony Hamilton, Andrei Arlovski and now Overeem.
Miocic, meanwhile is 17-2 in sum. He’s recently authored destructive stoppages of Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, and most recently, the former champ Dos Santos.
Who do you think wins a UFC heavyweight title fight between champ Stipe Miocic and surging contender Francis Ngannou? Do you think Ngannou will become an MMA superstar?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/12/2017.