Francis Ngannou might not be the UFC heavyweight champion, but the Cameroonian knockout artist is one of the scariest fighters in the division.
‘The Predator’ finished former two-time UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez in just 26 seconds this past Sunday, buckling Velasquez with a right hand and finishing the Mexican-American with a barrage of strikes in the UFC on ESPN 1 main event at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was the biggest stoppage win of his career and, despite concerns over him losing his mojo in the Derrick Lewis fight, 32-year-old Ngannou proved that he is still a formidable threat to his fellow UFC heavyweights.
UFC commentator and renowned podcast host Joe Rogan went as far as to say that Ngannou is the ‘scariest’ fighter of all-time on a recent edition of Fight Companion.
“He’s so big, dude,” Rogan said, per MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “He’s so big and so dangerous. He’s incredible. Cain is one of the best of all time, that’s how good Ngannou is. This is the scariest guy I’ve ever seen.”
Rogan, who went on to boast of Ngannou’s ultra-quick learning ability, referred to the former title challenger as a ‘movie character.’
“I’m telling you, dude, if that guy keeps learning, and it seems like he had a weird spot, but you know what I really like about that weird spot that he got into?” Rogan said. “He was honest about it. He said, ‘I carried over fear from my last fight.’ A guy that can look at himself that honestly...”
“Francis is the scariest of all time. The thing about Francis is, he’s learning at this really rapid rate when you look at a guy that’s only been doing it for how many years now? 100 percent training, he’s been fighting for maybe five years. I think five years from the time he learned martial arts. Dude, he’s a movie character.”
Ngannou has called for a title fight against current heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, but UFC president Dana White insists ‘DC’ wll defend his title against someone else.
Cormier, however, is willing to avenge Velasquez’ loss should the UFC make an offer.