Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC on FOX 23

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Francis Ngannou Could Be The Future Heavyweight Champ

No. 10-ranked heavyweight Francis Ngannou was labeled as a rising prospect heading into UFC on FOX 23, as he had won four straight UFC fights over the likes of Luis Henrique, Curtis Blaydes, Bojan Mihajlovic and Anthony Hamilton. All four of those victories had also come by way of stoppage.

After last night, however, Ngannou transformed himself from prospect to legitimate title contender, as he knocked out No. 7-ranked former champion Andrei Arlovski in the very first round of their main card bout. “The Predator” has now scored five straight UFC victories with five straight stoppages over increasingly difficult competition.

Ngannou likely won’t receive an immediate title shot, but he has certainly earned a big bout in the division. In fact, he expressed interest in facing off with top contenders Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez after his win.

The French-born fighter clearly has a well-rounded skill set backed by tremendous athleticism and legitimate finishing ability, which could make him a champion in the near future. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!