Earlier this morning (Sat. November 24, 2018) in Beijing, China, Francis Ngannou got back on the winning track in his UFC career.
Ngannou main evented UFC Beijing opposite Curtis Blaydes. This was a rematch from their initial fight back in 2016 where Ngannou finished Blaydes via second-round TKO by way of doctor’s stoppage. Blaydes had an opportunity to avenge the loss, but came up short.
Right out the gate, Ngannou landed a shot that wobbled Blaydes badly. After “The Predator” smelled blood, he swarmed on Blaydes for the TKO finish. Now, Ngannou is hoping to string together a few wins in hopes of getting back to the UFC heavyweight title picture.
Check out how Twitter reacted to his victory here:
Ngannou KOs Blaydes in 30 seconds. What a win.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 24, 2018
Francis Ngannou drops Curtis Blaydes with a monstrous punch and just continued to blast away until Marc Goddard stopped it.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 24, 2018
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) November 24, 2018
Any controversy aside regarding this Blaydes stoppage, I think we can all agree heavyweight divisional fun can only increase with a dynamic Ngannou around.
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) November 24, 2018
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 24, 2018
— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 24, 2018
Francis Ngannou finishes Curtis Blaydes via TKO in the first round in China. He told me earlier in the week he thought his confidence was back after a long year, but it probably wouldn’t be completely back until he got a win again. A 44-second KO should do. pic.twitter.com/6vC9AYAxWS
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 24, 2018