In a battle of UFC heavyweights, Francis Ngannou knocked out former contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, which was held live from the Little Caesars Arena from Detroit, Michigan, Saturday night.
Ngannou (11-1) has just one loss dating back to 2013. He’s shown an ability to finish opponents on the ground or on his feet, but most notably has knocked out the legendary Andrei Arlovski as well as Overeem in consecutive fights.
Overeem tweeted after the bout noting he was recovering:
Overeem is the man that TKO’d Brock Lesnar back in 2011. His career has been up and down since then. He came into Saturday night’s fight with wins over Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt in back-to-back bouts.
Coming into Saturday night’s main event, Holloway hadn’t lost in 11 consecutive bouts. He won the interim UFC Featherweight Championship against Anthony Pettis nearly one year ago, and he became the official champion after TKO’ing Jose Aldo in June.
Odds heading into the fight had Holloway (-290) as the favorite over Aldo (+245).
Holloway criticized Aldo leading into the fight, who has detailed a “renewed sense of motivation,” per ESPN:
“You’re in the wrong business, man,” Holloway said. “There’s another guy trying to seriously hurt you in there, and this guy is talking about motivation. It just blows my mind.”
Originally slated to fight Frankie Edgar, the one-time champ had to pull out of the bout due to injury, making way for Aldo’s rematch.
Aldo won his UFC debut, which was for the UFC Featherweight Championship, defeating Mark Hominik by decision. Aldo was the final WEC Featherweight Champion before the promotion shifted to the UFC.
McGregor, 21-3 in his UFC career, fought three times in 2016, but hasn’t defended either of his titles in 2017. He focused on boxing Floyd Mayweather earlier in 2017, a bout he lost by TKO.
McGregor knocked out Aldo, then proceeded to get choked out by Nate Diaz in March 2016. He proceeded to notch a decision victory over Diaz in August 2016 and he TKO’d Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in the UFC’s first bout in Madison Square Garden.