Ngannou Drops Cain In Under 30 Seconds
— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019
After nearly three years away from the Octagon, Cain Velasquez’s return to the Octagon was less than thirty seconds.
The Arizona State alum got a heroes welcome at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, fighting for the first time since UFC 200 to face the former heavyweight title challenger, Ngannou.
Velasquez started aggressive in the early against the native of Cameroon, but caught a devastating combination from Ngannou and buckle the former UFC heavyweight champion’s knee. Once Velasquez went down, Ngannou would land some shots on the ground and pound and forced Jason Herzog to stop the fight 26 seconds into the first round.
Following the fight, Velasquez complimented Ngannou and blame himself for coming into early and opening the door to Ngannou to light him up.
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Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez via first-round TKO (0:26)
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Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres via submission (RNC) (R1, 2:06)
Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena via third-round TKO (4:54)
Andre Fili def. Myles Jury via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Aljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission (D’arce choke) (R1, 3:09)
Andrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
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Emily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission (RNC) (R1, 1:01)
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel fight was been called off.