A powerful left hand of Francis Ngannou was all he needed, and suddenly Alistair Overeem was unconscious on the mat.
A brutal blow in one fell swoop extended Ngannou's winning streak (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and probably ruined Overeem's title hopes (43-16 MMA, 8-5 UFC), all in just under two minutes of cage time.
The heavyweight fight was the main event of today's UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It was broadcast on PPV following the prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pbad.
Twitter reacts to the crazy KO of Francis Ngannou of Alistair Overeem in UFC 218
In the fight between two big men known for his coup, it was Overeem who seemed to want to fight until the end. After charging through the cage to start the fight, Overeem attempted a takedown and then started a rivet, although it did not take long for Ngannou to turn him over and force him to the fence like an accountant.
But back in the center of the octagon, when Overeem bent down with a big left hook, Ngannou dived with the hit and came back with a thunderous uppercut that practically lifted Overeem into the air and dropped him on the carpet.
Ngannou would come to dive with an additional right hand hammer before referee Dan Miragliotta could stop him, but there was no need, since Overeem was already out of action and the fight stopped at the 1:42 mark of the Round 1.
Victory extends Ngannou's unbeaten streak to six consecutive fights in the UFC, and 10 in a row in general. The loss of Overeem marks a streak of two consecutive victories.
The most recent results of UFC 218 include:
- Def. Francis Ngannou Alistair Overeem by knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:42
- Henry Cejudo def. Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Eddie Alvarez def. Justin Gaethje by knockout (knee, punches) – Round 3, 3:59
- Def. Tecia Torres Michelle Waterson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Paul Felder def. Charles Oliveira by knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 4:06
- Yancy Medeiros def. Alex Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:02
- David Teymur def. Drakkar Klose by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Felice Herrig def. Cortney Casey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Amanda Cooper def. Angela Magana via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:34
- Abdul Razak Alhbadan def. Sabah Homasi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:21
- Dominick Reyes def. Jeremy Kimball through submission (bad rear choke) – Round 1, 3:39
- Justin Willis def. Allen Crowder by knockout (beats) – Round 1, 2:33
For full coverage of UFC 218, see the UFC Events section of the site.
(Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn of MMAjunkie contributed to this report on the site in Detroit.)