NEW footage of Francis Ngannou’s fearsome KO with Stipe Miocic has surfaced ahead of his first defense for the UFC heavyweight belt.
Ngannou tore the 265lb strap from Miocic’s clutches with a vicious KO in the second round of their UFC 260 rematch last March.
Predator became the promotion’s first African-born heavyweight champion with a beautiful counter-back left hook after being shot by a backhand, which he followed by a hammer fist.
And a new KO shot – including the sound of an ailing hammer fist – has led to a flurry of comments from UFC fans around the globe.
One person tweeted: “Nasty!!!”
Another said: “Brutal.”
And another said: “The sound of hammer fists!!”
One person commented: “Sound of the last hit man.”
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Another said of the final blow: “God, that hammer fist.”
Ngannou, 34, will return to competition for a week Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 270 in Anaheim, California.
The French Cameroonian’s first title defense will be up against a familiar face in his former side, Ciryl Gane – who currently holds the interim heavyweight crown.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ngannou said of Gane’s title: “I didn’t realize [Gane’s] belt.
“I am the undisputed heavyweight champion. [Gane’s belt] Not legal, it is an alternative.
“The presence of the champion makes the title temporarily void. And here I am.”
Ngannou recently got into trouble with UFC president Dana White, who publicly told him that he free to leave the promotion when his contract expires.
But the pair have since held fruitful talks, with White recently telling Teddy Atlas: “Francis and I ran into each other the other night at dinner and we had a chat. fun, he won’t be out of contract if he wins that fight, i think he has another fight after that.
“I always say this sport is fun for me, I love doing this. Contrary to the story out there, we’ve made a lot of people rich.
“If you don’t want to be here, if this isn’t where you want to be, that’s not fun for you and certainly not fun for me. These are all grown men and women.
“Everyone has to make their own decisions in life and go their own way, but I think Francis and I had a nice chat.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4403658/francis-ngannou-miocic-ko-ufc-270/ See the unseen angle of Francis Ngannou’s terrifying KO against Stipe Miocic as Predator prepares for his UFC 270 title defense