UFC heavyweight knockout machine Francis Ngannou laid claim to his title shot at UFC 218. After destroying Alistair Overeem with an iconic knockout, ‘The Predator’ is getting worldwide recognition…
Until meeting Francis Ngannou in the Octagon last weekend, Alistair Overeem had lost just once in three years. Stopped by Stipe Miocic in their UFC 203 title clash, ‘The Reem’ had delivered the same fate to Mark Hunt, and ex-champions Andrei Arlovski and Junior dos Santos.
Also holding wins over Stefan Struve, ex-champ Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson within that period, it’s safe to say Overeem is no slouch. Thr former K-1, DREAM and Strikeforce champion was in for a terrible night in Detroit, though.
Francis Ngannou, relatively unknown before their Motor City meeting, sent Overeem to the shadow realm with quite the horrifying uppercut. The Dutchman laid out cold on the canvas, and a new star was born.
What a moment this was:
Joe Rogan Talking Ngannou Up
During a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the UFC commentator discussed Ngannou’s epic win against Overeem. Speaking with popular heavyweight Justin Wren, Rogan speculated that current heavyweights are considering a move down in weight after seeing ‘The Predator’ KO ‘The Reem.’
“After you watched the UFC and you saw Francis Ngannou, did you see if you could make 205. I think a lot of people did, a lot of people were like ‘It’s totally possible.'”
“Now they’ve got a star,” Rogan said. “I think Ngannou, one or two more fights, you’re going to be looking at Mike Tyson days. That’s what I think. You’re going to watch fights just to see how long these mother(expletives) can survive against this guy. That’s what I think. That could be their big, breakout star.”
Rogan Also Discussed Max Holloway and Conor McGregor
Quotes Per MMAJunkie.com:
“Conor, who knows if he’s ever going to fight again,” Rogan said. “We really don’t know. We haven’t heard Conor saying, ‘This is my plan. This is who I’m thinking of fighting.
This is who I want to fight.’ He’s been talking (expletive) to Max Holloway, he’s been talking (expletive) to Tony Ferguson, but he’s not set it up.”
“Max Holloway’s performance was nothing short of masterful,” Rogan said. “Nothing short of masterful, the way he handled Aldo. He yelled at me after he got done with the first round, he looks at me and he goes, ‘The man is tired! The man is tired!’ He’s a motherf**ker. Max Holloway is a real f**king warrior, to the core. That guy relishes it, he loves it.
“When he was chicken-necking it at Aldo and he’s got his hands down and is talking s**t and stalking him, you could see it in Aldo’s face, like he was drowning. You could see the waves were coming and he knew he wasn’t gonna be able to dog-paddle for too long. Like, ‘Jesus Christ, how am I gonna be able to keep up with this guy?’
“He’s the baddest motherf**ker. I think he’s the best 145er ever. He might not agree with it yet because of the record, which I see his point, but the way he fights, the octagon I.Q. that he shows, his fight I.Q., his ability to find a weakness and see it, his predatory behavior inside the octagon, I think he’s the best. I really do. It’s so impressive to me.”