Contender Francis Ngannou emerged victorious over veteran heavyweight Alistair Overeem with a stunning knockout (literally) Saturday night at UFC 218.
The 31-year-old Cameroonian brought his record up to 6 wins and 0 losses in UFC competition, three of which were won in the first round, while the other three were won in the second round.
No damage and all healthy thankfully.. unfortunately lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with a uppercut from he**, one of his specialities which we new were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to the drawing-board 🙏🏽
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 3, 2017
President of the UFC, Dana White said that Ngannou is “going to be a rockstar globally.”
“The guy, first of all, when you look at him, he looks like the heavyweight champion of the world,” he added.
“I feel pretty good,” Ngannou said after the fight. “I took this because the winner should get a title shot and I think I got it.”
“It is one punch. Not just to Overeem, not just to Stipe, I will do that to everyone.”
In the post-fight press conference, Ngannou, wearing what he called his “just African” attire, took the time to discuss the trafficking and slavery that have come to light in Libya recently.