Francis Ngannou
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Dominant effort, title shot next?
HeavyweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Ngannou defeated Jair Rozenstruik via KO (punches) at 0:20 of Round 1 at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Absolutely terrifying. Ngannou threw about five massive punches at Rozenstruik, but only one of them found the mark. That one -- a sweeping left hook --- knocked Jair out cold. Per Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com, Ngannou's current four-fight winning (KO) streak has lasted a GRAND TOTAL of 2:42. It's a mind-numbing number and one that is nearly impossible to believe. Ngannou may very well be the scariest fighter in the history of the sport. He also may very well have more power than any man in the history of the sport. It's going to be extremely difficult for the UFC to book a Heavyweight Championship fight and not have Ngannou involved at this point. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
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UFC 249 fight official
HeavyweightUFC
April 21, 2020
Ngannou has officially agreed to face Jair Rozenstruik at UFC 249 on May 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ngannou and Rozenstruik were originally scheduled to face off at UFC Columbus on March 28, but that was one of the first few events postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UFC President Dana White fought tooth and nail to put on UFC 249 as scheduled on April 18, and this matchup was originally set to be part of that event, but it was ultimately postponed as well. Now the event is headed to Florida, according to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com, where the governor has left the door open to including combat sports like MMA in the "essential business" category. It also appears the Florida State Boxing Commission will be willing to regulate the event, which would be held in an empty arena. With respect to the fight, Ngannou was a heavy favorite of roughly (-290) the first time around, and not much has changed with the fight outlook since then.
Will fight at UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Ngannou will square off against Jair Rozenstruik at UFC 249 on April 18, according to his opponent.
ANALYSIS
Ngannou was originally supposed to take on Rozenstruik last month before the fight was postponed amid COVID-19 concerns. The fight is now back on at UFC 249, although a location for the event has yet to be determined. Ngannou was previously listed as a (-270) betting favorite in their previously scheduled bout, and once again figures to be favored by oddsmakers.
Candidate for UFC 249?
HeavyweightUFC
March 25, 2020
Ngannou is open to fighting at UFC 249 on April 18 after he told Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com that the UFC recently tested him for COVID-19.
ANALYSIS
Ngannou is one of many fighters effected by the recent postponement of three UFC events, as he was scheduled to headline UFC Columbus in a matchup against Jair Rozenstruik on March 28. While UFC President Dana White has brought forth a variety of options for rescheduled many of those fights, UFC 249 is one event he's been adamant will go on as scheduled on April 18. Per Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com, White even has a location pegged for the event, though he has yet to reveal it. Ngannou had previously been listed as a (-270) betting favorite for his prospective matchup against Rozenstruik, and he believes that the opponent wouldn't change while operating under the assumption that Rozenstruik would be tested for COVID-19 as well. White had previously mentioned that UFC 249 would feature a full card of preliminary fights as well, though this proposed heavyweight matchup would presumably land on the pay-per-view portion.
Fight postponed due to COVID-19
HeavyweightUFC
March 16, 2020
Ngannou's fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruick will be postponed due to the threat of COVID-19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After not taking action with nearly every other sports league last week, UFC President Dana White finally made the decision to postpone the next three events to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Ngannou was scheduled to take on Rozenstruick on March 28 at UFC Columbus, but that was later moved to the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas. Now this fight will be pushed back to a later date that has yet to be announced. Ngannou last fought back in June of 2019 when he won via TKO against Junior dos Santos.
UFC considering relocation
HeavyweightUFC
March 15, 2020
Ngannou's scheduled matchup against Jairzinho Rozenstruick will likely be moved for the second time, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ngannou and Rozenstruick were originally scheduled for UFC Columbus on March 28, but the event was later moved to the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas. The state of Nevada has since imposed similar restrictions to many states on this type of gathering in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so it remains to be seen if the UFC can get this rescheduled to a new location. Saturday's UFC London has already been cancelled, with the UFC trying to find a new location stateside, while UFC Portland and UFC 249 also appear to be in jeopardy. Ngannou had been a (-270) favorite for the matchup as of Sunday afternoon.