Francis Ngannou went from a lock to defeat Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title to a living meme. UFC 220 saw ‘The Predator’ schooled by the much smaller champ over five rounds…
Prior to UFC 220, there was a widespread feeling that a new heavyweight champion would be crowned. Although one of the most dominant 265-pounders in years, Stipe Miocic, is the reigning champion, the betting offices were not favoring him.
Francis Ngannou, the heavy-hitting ‘Predator’ from Africa was a lock in the Vegas betting lines. Perhaps it was his decapitation of Alistair Overeem in his last fight, or maybe it was the bang-up hype job the UFC had been passing around.
UFC president Dana White was praising Ngannou as the ‘next big thing.’ Who could blame them, really, his backstory and ungodly power make ‘The Predator’ globally known should he win the title.
But the promotion had counted their eggs before they were hatched.
Ngannou Loses, Internet Wins
Miocic pounded away on Ngannou for five straight rounds, winning every frame. Although the challenger landed some heavy strikes in the first round, he was pretty much gassed out by the second.
The champion may have given up 40 pounds on fight night, but these only weighed down Ngannou as Miocic planted him on his back through every opportunity.
As a result of the UFC comparing Ngannou to a Ford Escort, basically ignoring the reigning champ, the internet has come back with some brutal memes.
Check them out:
The memes kept coming thick and fast, as fans stuck with an age-old rule; If a UFC hype train gets derailed, the internet rails on them.
UFC 220 full fight card results
Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic def. Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir via TKO (punches) 2:00 of Round 2
Featherweight: Calvin Kattar def. Shane Burgos via TKO (punches) at 0:32 of Round 3
Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Rob Font def. Thomas Almeida via TKO (head kick and punches) 2:24 of Round 2
Featherweight: Kyle Bochniak def. Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via KO (punch) at 3:47 of Round 1
Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Julio Arce def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Featherweight: Enrique Barzola def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev def. Gleison Tibau via KO (punch) at 0:57 of Round 1
The trolls have been out in full force again, folks!