Francis Ngannou might just be the most terrifying fighter on the planet right now.
The ferocious heavyweight knockout artist added another victim to his resume at UFC 249 on Saturday night with a vicious 20-second finish against previously undefeated contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
The action moved incredibly fast after Rozenstruik opened with an inside leg kick and then Ngannou just rushed forward with a barrage of strikes. Ultimately it was a left hand from the Cameroon native that twisted Rozenstruik’s head around like a bottle cap and sent him down to the canvas.
Ngannou followed up with a couple more punches but the fight was already over as referee Dan Miragliotta jumped into stop the carnage.
“When I heard he called me out, I knew he didn’t know what he was doing,” Ngannou said about Rozenstruik after the lightning quick knockout win. “He’s not ready.
“He has a lot of potential obviously but I think he has to take a step back and get ready before fighting against someone like me.”
Since losing two fights in a row in 2018, Ngannou has earned four straight first-round knockouts with only one of those opponents making it past the one-minute mark. He’s finished two former UFC heavyweight champions during that run and now Ngannou has added Rozenstruik to his record as well.
With this latest win, Ngannou should almost certainly expect a title shot for his next fight but reigning UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic isn’t likely to compete again until the latter part of the year with a planned trilogy against Daniel Cormier.
“That’s very frustrating,” Ngannou said about the current state of the heavyweight division. “To be honest, I don’t know where the division is at right now. I’m just here.”