Francis Ngannou earns title shot after first round win over Junior dos Santos

Francis Ngannou is the most terrifying human being on the planet and he adds another first-round stoppage victory to his resumé against former heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos. Once again, Ngannou did not have to break a sweat as he was able to touch up dos Santos’ face multiple times before dos Santos threw caution to the wind with a wicked overhand right that whiffed heavily past Ngannou. This led to dos Santos losing his balance and Ngannou was able to land a punch right at the ear of dos Santos’ to drop him and land the ground and pound to force the referee to stop the fight. Ngannou improves his mixed martial arts record to 14-3(11-2 in the UFC) and has won three fights in a row. It has taken only a combined time of five minutes and 36 seconds for Ngannou to defeat Andre Arlovski, Alistair Overeem, Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, and Junior dos Santos. Ngannou leaves no doubt as to what his next fight will be: Another shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Before Ngannou gets his title shot, current champion, Daniel Cormier will defend the belt against Stipe Miocic in a rematch from their first bout back at UFC 226 from last July. Ngannou has already fought Miocic in which Miocic was able to successfully grapple Ngannou in a grueling, five-round affair. Cormier has never fought Ngannou but Ngannou plays right into Cormier’s hands because Cormier is a better grappler than Miocic. Regardless of the Cormier versus Miocic outcome, Ngannou is going to have to do some serious work on the ground if he has a feasible chance of beating either fighter. While he always has a chance to knock out any man with a single punch, Cormier and Miocic are more than smarter to know not to stay on the feet for long. The rematch between Cormier and Miocic will take place at UFC 241 on August 17th from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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