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Ngannou Releases Statement: ‘The Predator Is Back!’

Ngannou took to social media to celebrate his UFC Beijing win and the ‘redemption’ that came with it.

After a two fight stumble that saw him mauled in his first title fight by Stipe Miocic and then psyched out in a headscratcher of a decision loss to Derrick Lewis, some had written Francis Ngannou off.

Those people are crazy, of course. Fighters have ups and downs, and it was inevitable that Ngannou’s relative inexperience would cost him some losses at some point. But since that January loss to Miocic, there’s been non-stop quotes from bosses and coaches about Ngannou losing his way. Freezing up against Lewis in July only made things worse.

Ngannou did his best to put that talk to rest in Beijing, China, knocking the equilibrium out of Curtis Blaydes and forcing a stoppage just 45 seconds into their second fight (watch it here).

Now he’s taking to social media to thank those that stood by him during his slump.

“I finally saw the light yesterday night at UFC Beijing by overcoming my darkness which dragged me deep to the bottom,” Ngannou wrote. “My fans, my family and all those people who trust and believe in me have got persecuted by haters and doubters but they didn’t give up and they kept supporting me and that’s where I found strength to overcome all this.”

“I wanna thank every single one of you, who once trusted me and who kept supporting me, who stayed beside me and who didn’t stumble,” he continued. “I’m grateful to have any of you known and unknown by my side and in my life since this is all my life.”

“Thank you China and particularly Beijing for welcoming us and for all the love and energy you guys put in, it was an honor for me to perform for you guys such an amazing people and a great crowd.”

He finished off his letter with hashtag #TheRedemption, but it may take more than a single win to convince some followers of the sport that Stipe Miocic didn’t steal a bit of his soul during their fight.

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Francis Ngannou Realistic About Standing in Heavyweight Division After UFC Beijing Win

Francis Ngannou went from being “The Next Big Thing” in the UFC to being labeled a bust in just a few short fights.
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UFC Fight Night 141 Bonuses: Ngannou, Li, Morono, Song Garner $50K

Francis Ngannou, Jingliang Li, Alex Morono and Kenan Song all received $ 50,000 bonuses for their work at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing.
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UFC Fight Night 141 Bonuses: Ngannou, Li, Morono, Song Garner $50K

Francis Ngannou, Jingliang Li, Alex Morono and Kenan Song all received $ 50,000 bonuses for their work at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing.
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UFC Fight Night 141 ‘Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC Fight Night 141 coverage kicks off Saturday at 3:30 a.m. ET.
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UFC Fight Night 141 ‘Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC Beijing Videos! Watch Overeem Demolish Hunt, Ngannou Flatten Henrique In Debut

The heavyweight action will spill over into the Octagon tomorrow morning (Sat., Nov. 24, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 141 live on Fight Pass from inside Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China, as Curtis Blaydes meets Francis Ngannou in the main event and Alistair Overeem welcomes Sergey Pavlovich to the Octagon in the co-main event.

With four heavyweight knockout artists leading the way, UFC Beijing should deliver on arrival. And considering fight fans here in the United States will have to wake up bright and early to catch the main card action, at least they can expect some highlight reel finishes.

In case you’re unaware of what these heavyweight contenders are capable of doing, UFC has released some of the best finishes between the bunch. In the above video, Overeem can be seen landing a vicious knockout finish over veteran Mark Hunt at UFC 209 last year. The below video, on the other hand, features Ngannou’s uppercut finish against Luis Henrique in his UFC debut three years ago.

If these videos don’t make you a believer then maybe the statistics will. Blaydes, who will try to win his fourth-straight fight in the UFC’s heavyweight division, has finished eight out of 10 career wins by way of knockout or TKO. Ngannou, who is trying to end a two-fight losing streak, has finished seven out of 11 career wins by knockout or TKO. Overeem, who is looking to avoid just his second career three-fight losing streak, has 21 total knockouts through 43 professional victories. Pavlovich, who will be making his UFC debut, has scored nine knockout finishes through just 12 career wins.

Those are pretty wild numbers, which leads us to believe neither UFC Beijing’s main event or co-main event will go the distance. Of course, anything is possible. But if history tells us anything it’s that these four heavyweights will do everything in their power to finish their respective fights this weekend in China.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 141 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 3 a.m. ET, followed by the main card start time at 6:30 a.m. ET, also on Fight Pass.

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UFC Fight Night 141 ‘Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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Midnight Mania! Blaydes: Ngannou Is In a ‘Dark, Dark Place’

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UFC heavyweight contender Curtis “Razor” Blaydes is scheduled to put his six-fight win streak on the line to rematch Francis Ngannou at UFC: Beijing. The former UFC title challenger Ngannou has lost some momentum after also dropping a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis in his last bout. According to Blaydes, this has to be bad news for his mental state. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“He’s probably in a hole right now,” Blaydes said. “0-2 after being the hotshot? That’s got to be a dark, dark place. I want him to be his best. I don’t want any excuses out of his camp or the fans or the company. I want him at his best. I’ll beat him 10 out of 10 times.”

One could argue that he has already lost 1 out of 10… but Blaydes wasn’t stopped by Ngannou. He was stopped by the doctor, and he’s quick to remind us all of that.

“It is a loss,” Blaydes said. “On my record it’s a loss, but any loss that you don’t lose any sleep over is that one. It wasn’t the referee’s decision, it wasn’t the judge’s decision, it was the doctor.”

Still, that doesn’t mean the official L on his record doesn’t bother him. He wants it back.

“I wouldn’t say it kept me up at night, but I knew it would happen eventually,” Blaydes told reporters during a recent media scrum. “It was inevitable. I knew he’d be around, I’d be around. The UFC likes natural stories like this. We already have a natural storyline. It’s not fake. We had a fight, he won, but I didn’t get to finish it. So I do have a bit of redemption I want to get.”


Insomnia

25 years of champions, all in one picture- that’s pretty cool.

UFC bantamweight Tonya Evinger and her girl had themselves a truly amazing vacation, by the looks of things.

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Sea trader hanging off a cliff..cool dive .

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It’s us again..

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Yoel Romero might be asking if Anderson Silva is scared- “Are you afraid of [spider emoji]” but is Anderson Silva his best next opponent? He could rematch Jacare, or he could fight Israel Adesanya. Either way, he is the most dangerous man in the middleweight division, even including Robert Whittaker.

Georges St. Pierre hanging out with tennis star Genie Bouchard!

Monkey style!

Chad Mendes looks like he’s in a video game here. His fight with Alex Volkanovski, the Australian Chad Mendes, is going to be awesome.

Pretty cool fan art of light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes

Ouch- Adesanya said he has to dumb down his striking to mimic Edson Barboza, Dan Hooker’s next opponent.

This is such an incredible picture of camaraderie.

The KO was so insane, yet so sad for the Korean Zombie, who had been 1 second away from victory.

We were all thinking it

Football brawl!

Did anyone else read “The Moves Make the Man” as a kid? This is the MMA version.

I was waiting for this face to get memed.

I just didn’t expect Mike Perry to meme his own arm breaking.

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Levels

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I’m mad Adesanya referred to “2%” Mike Perry as a black man.

A+ tweet from Angela Hill.

Cowboy really wouldn’t be the worst option for a returning McGregor.

This is fantastic. Art Jimmerson, the boxer who opted to fight with one glove at UFC 1, is making fun of himself.

This cracked me up. If you are editing videos, why stop with a little fast-forwarding?

Is Cain Velasquez really returning in 2019?

This is surprising.

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Didn’t see that coming!

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Slips, Rips, and Kneebar Clips

This knockout is still surreal to me.

Russian Sambo for the soul

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Sambo no chill

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Well that was skillful. Calf crusher

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Alexander Usyk is an all-time great when it comes to beating men in their own country

Marcin Held can hook a heel

Giorgio Petrosyan is one of the all-time greats

Amazing. Yi Long knocked out Choi Hong-Man via spinning kick to the nuts.

That lead uppercut is a treat.

Like a bull against a matador


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