Francis Ngannou is still a bad man.
With only 1:11 elapsed in the first round, Ngannou showcased his devastating power by getting a brutal Ko victory over Junior dos Santos, in the main event of UFC Minneapolis.
The fight stated out with both men exchanging leg kicks, before Ngannou took advantage of an overextended dos Santos with a barrage of strikes.
The victory puts Ngannou squarely in-line to be the next contender for the heavyweight title.
Who he would face, is still to be determined.
Current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 241, on Aug. 17.
Previously, Ngannou feel to then-champion Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision at UFC 220, in January 2018.
The win over dos Santos marks the third consecutive win for Ngannou; with all three wins coming via stoppage in the first round.
WATCH NGANNOU”S POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW:
Heavyweight: Maurice Greene def. Junior Albini TKO at 3:38 of round 1
Strawweight: Amanda Ribas def. Emily Whitmire via submission, at 2:10 of round 2
Light heavyweight:Dalcha Lungiambula def. DeQuan Townsend via TKO at :42 of round 3
Lightweight: Jared Gordon def. Dan Moret via unanimous decision (30-27 2x, 29-28)
Light heavyweight: Eryk Anders def. Vinicius Moreira via KO at 1:18 of round 1
Men’s bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos def. Journey Newson via unanimous decision (30-27 3x)
Light heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield def. Paul Craig via KO at 3:19 of round 1
Lightweight: Drew Dober def. Marco Polo Reyes via KO at 1:07 of round 1
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel def. Roosevelt Roberts vis unanimous decision (29-283x)
Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision (29-28 3x)
Men’s flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO at 4:47 of round 2
Heavyweight:Francis Ngannou def. Junior dos Santos via TKO at 1:11 of round 1
More from UFC Minneapolis:
- UFC Minneapolis: Post-fight Press Conference
- WATCH: Joseph Benavidez finishes Jussier Formiga
- WATCH: Drew Dober KO’s Marco Polo Reyes
- WATCH: Alonzo Menifield KO’s Paul Criag
- WATCH: Eryk Anders brutal KO of Vinicius Moreira
- WATCH: Dalcha Lungiambula TKO’s DeQuan Townsend
- WATCH: Maurice Greene TKO’s Junior Albini
- UFC Minneapolis LIVE REPORT: Real-time results and analysis of Ngannou vs. dos Santos
- UFC Minneapolis LIVE RESULTS