Francis Ngannou
Ngannou is one of the most feared heavyweight prospects in the UFC today Getty


  • Ngannou is known for his power with four knockouts in five UFC bouts.
  • The French-Cameroonian will take on Alistair Overeem in the UFC 218 co-main event.

UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou has reiterated why he is one of the most powerful and feared fighters in the division after breaking the world record for highest punching power.

Ngannou (10-1 record in MMA) only debuted with the promotion in December 2015 and has since gone on a five-fight winning streak that includes four knockouts.

Having most recently knocked out former champion Andrei Arlovski back in January, the number-four ranked French-Cameroonian is now hoping to get a title shot against current champion Stipe Miocic with a win over Alistair Overeem.

Originally set to face Junior Dos Santos until he had to pull out for failing a drug test, Ngannou will now face a tougher task in the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K1 champion.

The two contenders will face off in Detroit in the UFC 218 co-main event on 2 December in what will be Ngannou's first real test in the octagon.

And Overeem, who has been knocked out in four of his last 11 fights, now has, even more, a reason to be wary of Ngannou's power after he broke kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong's record for highest punching power.

Spong's record saw him throw a punch with a power of 114,000 units but "The Predator" was able to top it with a punch containing 129,161 units of power.

You can watch the video below.

I currently hold the world records of punching power 💪 #thepredator

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Ngannou has slowly been building his fanbase over the past two years. UFC president Dana White even recently claimed that the 31-year-old could become the next big thing.

"I like Francis Ngannou," White said. "I think Francis Ngannou can be the next big thing, literally and figuratively."

"When you're a badass, language has nothing to do with it. Look at Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre. The list goes on and on. It's about your performances."

"We think about the talking because (UFC lightweight champion) Conor (McGregor)'s so good. Conor's a great fighter, and every time he opens his mouth it's hilarious. But you find those guys once in a blue moon."

Francis Ngannou
Ngannou last fought in January Getty