The battle between Francis Ngannou and Jair Rozenstruik on Saturday evening was all however assured to complete in a knockout as two of the toughest punchers within the UFC clashed. However Ngannou took any pressure out of the struggle when he unloaded a terrifying blitz of punches to win that UFC 249 heavyweight conflict from VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jair Rozenstruik (10-1) threw just a few early leg kicks, however Francis Ngannou (15-3) flipped a swap and unleashed a flurry of large photographs that completed the struggle simply 20 seconds after the bout began. Ngannou missed with a proper and left earlier than one other large left hook landed flush to Rozenstruik’s jaw. Rozenstruik crashed into the cage and slid down the fence as Ngannou continued to land punch after punch till the referee pressured him to cease the assault.
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“I imply, after I heard he referred to as me out, I knew he did not know what he was doing,” Francis Ngannou mentioned after his victory. “He has a whole lot of potential, I simply assume he must take a step again. He wasn’t prepared for a struggle in opposition to somebody like me.
Ngannou expressed his frustration with not combating for the heavyweight championship because the division has been held in limbo awaiting a 3rd struggle between champion Stipe Miocic and former champion Daniel Cormier. Ngannou mentioned he would not know the place he matches within the division, however UFC president Dana White revealed earlier this week that the winner of this struggle could be in line to struggle the winner of the bout between Miocic and Cormier — at any time when that trilogy struggle takes place.
“I do not know what it takes to have a title shot within the UFC. To be trustworthy, I’ve made my peace with that. It isn’t that I do not care, however I do not wish to really feel like one thing is controlling me,” Francis Ngannou mentioned after the struggle. “With or with out a title shot, I am nonetheless a fighter and nonetheless have what I’ve and may make an announcement. I had enjoyable on the market, it wasn’t one thing I used to be chasing. After I chase the knockout, it would not work, so I do not chase anymore. When he referred to as me out, I am like, ‘this man would not know what he is doing.’ He simply got here right here and had just a few knockouts, however I did not see something spectacular, however I do not thoughts individuals calling me out.”
Ngannou has now gained 4 consecutive fights by first-round knockout.