After Francis Ngannou left Alistair Overeem eating through a straw at UFC 218, the world’s hardest puncher scored a title shot. Last night, the true force of Ngannou’s lethal strike was revealed…

UFC 218 was a massive night for red-hot heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou. Fighting for the first time in a co-main event of a pay-per-view, Ngannou faced the toughest test of his career so far.

Across the Octagon from ‘The Predator’ was world class striker and former K1/DREAM/Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem. Ngannou made it a short night and a brutal one at that.

Connecting with one of his world record-holding punches, Ngannou scored one of the most iconic knockouts ever. As Overeem laid stiff and asleep on the canvas, it was clear a star was born in Ngannou.

‘The Predator’ was immediately launched into the title picture, with the UFC all to receptive to his requests. Soon it was confirmed that Ngannou would face Stipe Miocic in the first PPV of 2018, UFC 220.

Yep, that’s Alistair Overeem looking like the classic disney character Goofy…

Ngannou’s Power is Like Getting Hit by a Car…

Prior to UFC 218, Ngannou set the world record for the hardest punch ever recorded. It was filmed at the UFC athlete facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the fans loved it. Already having a cult following, the record followed by the devastation of ‘The Reem’ catapulted Ngannou into the limelight.

The promotion put on a press conference to preview UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou, last night. Needless to say, there was a lot of talk about the title contender. Also present were Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir.

Check out Dana White revealing the true force of Ngannou’s punch:

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“Francis Ngannou holds the world record for the most powerful punch. His punch is the equivalent of 96 horsepower, which is the equivalent of being hit by  Ford Escort at top speed. It’s also the equivalent of being hit by a sledgehammer being swung full force from overhead. Holy sh*t!”

Needless to say, the prospect of facing a man who whacks that hard would have any normal person quaking in their boots. As for Miocic, he says it’s all part of the game and he fears no man, H/T

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic batters Junior dos Santos against the cage fence during his dominant performance. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I Fear No Man

“Francis is an amazing fighter,” Miocic said. “He’s got great power, he’s very athletic, and he’s a big heavyweight. He’s definitely showing it and that’s why he’s here. Good for him,” Miocic said. “He got the win. That’s an easy night. Those are the best nights when the fight is done early. You go home unscathed.”

“No, that’s what I signed up for,” Miocic said when asked if he’s intimidated by Ngannou. “Why would I be intimidated by another man? There’s a reason why I’m the champ.”

“Don’t lie, Stipe,” Ngannou interjected.

“I think he’ll try to survive,” Ngannou added when asked if Miocic will stand with him. “Whatever he’s going to try I’m going to catch it. And then I’m going to connect. You know what happens when I connect.”

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