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UFC Beijing: Francis Ngannou ‘is back’ after finishing Curtis Blaydes

Win leapfrogs 'The Predator' back into title shot conversation

Francis Ngannou (12-3-0) returned to his devastating ways at UFC Beijing and collected an impressive TKO victory over Curtis Blaydes (10-2-0, 1NC).

“The Predator” connected early on an overhand right hand that crumpled Blaydes to the canvas and subsequent undefended strikes forced Marc Goddard to call the bout 0:45 into the first frame.

Blaydes protested after the bout complaining of an early stoppage, but replays showed his legs were gone after the single right hand alone. His six fight unbeaten streak (5-0-1) since his first loss to Ngannou in 2016 came to an end as well.

The victory removes some of the stain of Ngannou’s embarrassing 2017 loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 and likely puts Ngannou back into the title shot conversation.

Ngannou and Li Jingliang earned performances of the night while Alex Morono and Kenan Song earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

In other bouts:

LOUIS SMOLKA DEF. SU MUDAERJI VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 2:07

KEVIN HOLLAND DEF. JOHN PHILLIPS VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R3 4:05

XIAONAN YAN DEF. SYURI KONDO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

LIU PINGYAN DEF. MARTIN DAY VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ZANG WEILI DEF. JESSCIA AGUILAR VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 3:41

RASHAD COULTER DEF. HU YAOZONG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

WU YANAN DEF. LUAREN MUELLER VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR)  R1 4:00

ALEX MORONO DEF. KENAN SONG VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

LI JINGLIANG DEF. DAVID TAWADA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 4:07

YADONG SONG DEF. VINCE MORALES VIA UD (30-27, 30-2,7 30-27)

ALISTAIR OVEREEM DEF. SERGEY PAVLOVICH VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:21

FRANCIS NGANNOU DEF. CURTIS BLAYDES VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 0:45

@kenaiandrews UFC Beijing: Francis Ngannou ‘is back’ after finishing Curtis Blaydes

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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