UFC Beijing: Ngannou KOs Blaydes in 44 Seconds
Francis Ngannou reminded everyone why and how he earned a spot towards the top of the UFC’s heavyweight rankings before 2018 began.
Ngannou scored a knockout of fellow young contending heavyweight Curtis Blaydes in the main event of UFC Beijing, the UFC’s second-ever trip to China. This was a rematch of their 2016 encounter, which saw Ngannou win via second-round TKO.
Ngannou forced Blayes down to the canvas with a right hand 30 seconds into the fight, and while Blaydes attempted to defend and answer back, the Cameroonian-French fighter continued to rain down heavy shots until the referee stopped the fight.
— UFC (@ufc) November 24, 2018
The fight snapped a two-fight losing streak for Ngannou in what was supposed to be a breakout 2018 — Ngannou failed to capture the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic back in January at UFC 220 before losing to Derrick Lewis in one of the worst fights in MMA history at UFC 226 in July.
Following the match, Ngannou called out the likes of Junior dos Santos and Alexander Volkov, as well as Miocic.
In the co-main event, Alistair Overeem stopped a two-fight losing skid with a TKO of previously undefeated Russian UFC newcomer Sergey Pavlovich.
UFC Beijing Main Card
Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO (Rd. 1, 0:44)
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem def. Sergey Pavlovich via TKO (Rd. 1, 4:21)
Bantamweight: Yadong Song def. Vince Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Li Jingliang def. David Zawada via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:07)
UFC Beijing Undercard
Welterweight: Alex Morono def. Kenan Song via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Women’s Flyweight: Wu Yanan def. Lauren Mueller via submission (armbar) (Rd. 1, 4:00)
Light Heavyweight: Rashad Coulter def. Hu Yaozong via unanimous decision (29-28. 29-28, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Weili Zhang def. Jessica Aguilar via submission (armbar) (Rd. 1, 3:41)
Bantamweight: Pingyuan Liu def. Martin Day via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Women’s Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan def. Syuri Kondo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Kevin Holland def. John Phillips via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 3, 4:05)
Bantamweight: Louis Smolka def. Su Mudaerji via submission (armbar) (Rd. 2, 2:07)