UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou officially has arrived.
Ngannou, whose professional MMA career began just four years ago, delivered a “Knockout of the Year” candidate in his win over Alistair Overeem this past weekend at UFC 218. As a result, Ngannou has vaulted up seven spots in this week’s USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings to No. 2, behind only UFC champion Stipe Miocic, who will next defend his title vs. Ngannou.
That development in the heavyweight rankings, impressive as it is, shouldn’t come as a surprise in the wake of Ngannou’s dominant performance. What might, though, is the fact that Ngannou has skipped honorable mention altogether in the pound-for-pound rankings and finds himself at No. 11 – ahead of interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (15), welterweight contender Stephen Thompson (14), and ex-bantamweight champions Dominick Cruz (13) and Cody Garbrandt (12), respectively.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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