Watch Francis Ngannou make quick work of Junior dos Santos and score another big knockout at UFC Minneapolis from June.
The last time Francis Ngannou was seen in action inside the Octagon, he produced arguably his greatest victory yet with a quick stoppage of former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC Minneapolis in June.
Ngannou was scheduled to take on Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of UFC Columbus this coming weekend, but that event was postponed as the result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
After winning five of his first six MMA bouts, Ngannou made his UFC debut in December 2015 and quickly began a rise up the heavyweight ranks with wins over Curtis Blaydes, Anthony Hamilton and Andrei Arlovski, all culminating in his legendary first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.
But following the win, Ngannou struggled, being easily handled by Stipe Miocic in the UFC 220 heavyweight title fight and losing to Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in what is regarded as one of the worst bouts in MMA history.
Ngannou turned things around in November 2018 with a 45-second finish of Blaydes in a rematch before needing just 26 seconds to defeat another former heavyweight champion in Cain Velasquez.
This led him to the fight with JDS, who was attempting to make his own run back to the championship he once won back in 2011.
Ngannou has not been seen in the Octagon since this win, feeling he had done enough to deserve a second shot at the UFC heavyweight gold, which changed hands about two months later when Miocic won the title back from Daniel Cormier. Miocic and Cormier are penciled in for a trilogy bout, but when it happens (if it does) will depend on Miocic’s recovery from his eye injury and how long the coronavirus pandemic affects the sports world.
Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik, who is 10-0 in MMA and racked up four big knockout victories in 2019 en route to being named FanSided MMA’s Rookie of the Year, would have had major championship implications, with the winner possibly being in line for — or one fight away from — the Miocic-Cormier III winner.