During a stacked UFC 218, Dutch K-1 kickboxing champion and Pride FC veteran Alistair Overeem faced Francis Ngannou. It was ‘The Predator’ who walked away with the savage KO victory this time…
Competing in the UFC 218 co-main event, Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou fought for the rights to the next title shot. This was the typical young lion vs. experienced veteran. Although only six years between them in age, ‘The Demolition Man’ has been fighting for nearly 19 years.
Ngannou, aged 31, only started competing in MMA four years ago. Originally intending to pursue professional boxing, Ngannou’s background is that of poverty. All this makes his performance at UFC 218 so much more impressive.
Fans were talking up Ngannou before his Detroit clash with Overeem, and ‘The Predator’ lived up to every word of hype. Coming in on a mission, Ngannou completely stiffened out ‘The Reem.’
Watch the KO of the year right here:
This is just scary #UFC217 #Ngannou
— Josiah Jones (@kajosiahwhat) December 3, 2017
Now that, ladies and gentlemen, was a seriously massive knockout. Stipe Micoic, wherever he is right now, knows Ngannou is a serious threat. Meanwhile, in the lightweight clash between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethjae, fans were very entertained.
After picking himself up and dusting off, Overeem is reportedly OK. UFC officials apparently returned Overeem’s teeth from the back row of the arena, and he released the following statement on Twitter:
“No damage and all healthy thankfully.. unfortunately, lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with an uppercut from he**, one of his specialties which we knew were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to the drawing-board.”
No damage and all healthy thankfully.. unfortunately lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with a uppercut from he**, one of his specialities which we new were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to the drawing-board 🙏🏽
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 3, 2017
Back to the drawing board, or maybe retirement? Overeem has been there and done it in MMA and kickboxing, perhaps now is the time to consider hanging them up.
Also probably thinking about his future today is Jose Aldo. The former featherweight champion got smoked by Max Holloway for a second time last night. ‘Scarface’ put up a valiant effort, but was a shade of his former dominant self, yet again:
UFC 218 full fight card results
Featherweight: Max Holloway def. José Aldo via TKO at 4:51 of Round 3
Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou def. Alistair Overeem via KO (punch) at 1:42 of Round 1
Flyweight: Henry Cejudo def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez def. Justin Gaethje via TKO (knee) at 3:59 of Round 3
Women’s Strawweight: Tecia Torres def. Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
The aftermath of Jose Aldo’s loss at UFC 218; a swollen hospital pic:
Rough night at the office for the Brazilians but they are all smiles. Brutal sport. #UFC218 pic.twitter.com/x0FJWMM9oo
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) December 3, 2017
Lightweight: Paul Felder def. Charles Oliveira via KO (elbows) at 4:06 of Round 2
Welterweight: Yancy Medeiros def. Alex Oliveira via TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round 3
Lightweight: David Teymur def. Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Women’s Strawweight: Felice Herrig def. Cortney Casey via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Women’s Strawweight: Amanda Cooper def. Angela Magaña via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round 2
Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:21 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes def. Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of Round 1
Heavyweight: Justin Willis def Alen Crowder via KO (punch) at 2:33 of Round 1