The scariest finisher in MMA added but but every other first-round knockout in his quest support to a heavyweight title shot.
Francis Ngannou (14-3) wished correct 71 seconds to realize his second straight primitive champion when he stopped Junior dos Santos on Saturday at UFC Fight Evening in Minneapolis and at as soon as referred to as for a second shot at the championship.
Dos Santos (21-6) joined Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes as first-round knockout victims in opposition to Ngannou all via the final eight months, with all three heavyweights lasting a gigantic crammed with two minutes, 22 seconds in opposition to the native of Cameroon.
“I contain very moral. I am very cheerful now after which I’m hoping the UFC goes to be conscious that I deserve the title shot moral now,” Ngannou said. “I deserve the winner of DC [Daniel Cormier] and Stipe [Miocic].”
Cormier defends his heavyweight title in opposition to Miocic in August at UFC 241. Ngannou lost his lone title shot in opposition to Miocic in January 2018 however rebounded from a two-fight skid to assemble his mojo with a dominant stretch of finishes.
The 35-365 days-extinct dos Santos had his moments in the early going, along side a rapid slump of Ngannou on an start air leg kick that he at as soon as followed up with a left hook. But Ngannou bounced support up to his feet and started to land laborious kicks of his contain.
The attain came almost in the present day after as dos Santos badly overcommitted on a counter moral hand attempt and went on to temporarily turn his support on his opponent. Ngannou followed with a moral hand that dos Santos by no methodology seen coming.
Dos Santos, a native of Brazil, dropped to the canvas and succumbed to a flurry of hammer shots almost in the present day after as referee Herb Dean jumped in.
“Junior moves lots so the intention became to throw him off and strike,” Ngannou said. “For certain, it presents me some self belief however sooner than that I became already assured this capability that of Junior is a striker and a boxer however I take into consideration I am the absolute most real looking boxer in UFC.
“The entirely vow left now is the winner of Stipe and DC. I desire a title shot support. I want some appreciate now and I deserve it.”
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UFC on ESPN 3 card/outcomes
Francis Ngannou def. Junior dos Santos via first-round TKO (punches)
Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via second-round TKO (punches)
Demian Maia def. Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Vinc Pichel def. Roosevelt Roberts unanimous dedication (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Drew Dober def. Marco Polo Reyes via first-round TKO (punches)
Alonzo Menifield def. Paul Craig via first-round TKO (punches)
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