MMA’s Most Terrifying Fighter Has Some Absolute Brutal Leg Kicks… Check Them Out Below…
What a story Francis Ngannou has. The man from the Cameroonian city of Batie moved to Paris, France to become a boxer. Before meeting Armand Lopez he didn’t even know what MMA was. Then he was given a place to stay and train. After an insane rise to the top of the game, Ngannou’s career hit a dark spot after a two-fight losing streak.
Now, he’s fully focused and has reclaimed that number one contender spot after a trio of KO wins over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and now Junior dos Santos. Ngannou’s power and ferocity are frightening. While there are still obvious question marks about his ground game, his athletic prowess and capacity for sheer violence are remarkable.
If you have any doubts about that, check out a new addition to his game. Ngannou has started using leg kicks, as we saw against Dos Santos. Sure the Brazilian responded with some even more savage swings of the shin, but look at the raw power of a Ngannou tree trunk in the clip below.
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 30, 2019
There’s something both traumatic and captivating about watching Ngannou hit things. We have no idea what Donn Delacruz was thinking when he volunteered to hold a kick shield for the heavyweight fighter. Delacruz is an amateur flyweight fighter, operating out of Las Vegas’s Syndicate MMA, Ngannou’s main training base now.
Laughing, Ngannou sizes up to the shield and then he lets fly. Delacruz is left sprawled on his rear end and appears absolutely shocked by what has just hit him. Very reasonably he then runs away. There are gentler trains out there. The Predator is a powerhouse.
Wait in Line
It’s not all rosy for the big Cameroonian though. While he is definitely the clear number one contender at heavyweight, Dana White has refused to commit to him getting the next shot. If Stipe Miocic beats current champion Daniel Cormier, there would be the possibility of a trilogy fight. If Cormier beats Miocic then all eyes will turn to Jon Jones. Ngannou might be best placed sitting and waiting. Or do a bit of wrestling.
“This fight has to play out first. Stipe and Cormier has to play out, who wins, how they come out of that fight, what does Cormier want to do next if he wins,” White explained when speaking on the UFC post-fight show. “So there’s a lot of things that play into what’s next. It’s not as easy as ‘I won tonight, I’m next for the fight’ and we know this. I go through this every single time there’s a fight.”
Trouble at the Top
It’s not just Ngannou who could have problems. Joseph Benavidez is a company man with a sublime winning record in a division that nobody cares existed. Now he has to wait for Henry Cejudo – a man he’s already beaten – recover from injury. Oh, and Cejudo has a bantamweight belt to defend as well. Will the flyweight division even exist next year?
“It’s definitely not good for Benavidez,” White said. “He’s going to be in this waiting period but I know that Cejudo came out and said he wants to defend that [flyweight] belt first. Benavidez looked good tonight. He got busted up in that first round, got two really bad cuts in really bad places.
He didn’t let it get into his head and didn’t it throw his game off. Landing that nice head kick. Benavidez is a guy who’s been in this company a very long time, hardworking guy, toes the line, does whatever he needs to do. It’s good to see him win tonight against a really tough opponent and get into the position that he’s in right now.”