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UFC on ESPN 1: Francis Ngannou destroys Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds

Francis Ngannou (13-3-0) stopped former 2-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (14-3-0) 26 seconds into the first frame in the main event of UFC on ESPN 1 in Phoenix, Arizona Sunday evening.

Velasquez, who has struggled with various injuries since losing the belt to Werdum in June 2015 appeared to blow out his knee near the fence after absorbing a right uppercut in close range. He grimaced in pain and curled up on the ground as Ngannou rained shots down forcing the ref to call the fight.

It was a stunning victory for Ngannou, who struggled over five rounds with Stipe Miocic in his last bout at UFC 220.

The injury question now looms large over Velasquez once again.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1097374168549445637

Vincente Luque and Bryan Barberena earned Fight of the Night, while Luke Sanders and Kron Gracie earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

In case you missed the prelims:

EMILY WHITMORE DEF. ALEKSANDRA ALBU VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 1:01

LUKE SANDERS DEF. RENAN BARAO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:01

NIK LENTZ DEF. SCOTT HOLTZMAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREA LEE DEF. ASHLEE EVANS-SMITH VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MANNY BERMUDEZ DEF. BENITO LOPEZ VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R1 3:09

ALJAMAIN STERLING DEF. JIMMIE RIVERA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

ANDRE FILI VS. MYLES JURY

WINNER: ANDRE FILI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MYLES JURY VIA SD 

Andrews: Looks like switching up gyms helped Fili quite a bit. Good win.

Andrews Prediction: Myles Jury via SD

VINCENTE LUQUE VS. BRYAN BARBERENA

WINNER: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:54

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VICENTE LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: Barberena hung in there, but Luque was determined.

ALEX CACERES VS. KRON GRACIE

WINNER: KRON GRACIE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:06

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX CACERES VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Gracie did a good job (barely) avoiding the strikes of Caceres and getting the fight to the ground quickly.

CORTNEY CASEY VS. CYNTHIA CALVILLO

WINNER: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA UD

Andrews: Calvillo grinded out the win as expected.

JAMES VICK VS. PAUL FELDER

WINNER: PAUL FELDER VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAUL FELDER VIA TKO

Andrews: Felder came hard and Vick did well to endure and still come forward, but Felder was too strong. More spinning backfists for Felder.

MAIN EVENT

#3 FRANCIS NGANNOU VS. CAIN VELASQUEZ 

WINNER: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CAIN VELASQUEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Cain blew his knee out and Ngannou took full advantage. A huge win for The Predator. I think Cain needs to seriously consider hanging ’em up. His body is having too much trouble recovering.

@kenaiandrews

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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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