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Francis Ngannou Stops Cain Velasquez In Just 26 Seconds At UFC Phoenix

Francis Ngannou Stops Cain Velasquez In Just 26 Seconds At UFC Phoenix

Francis Ngannou needed just 26 seconds to knockout former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

The devastating puncher landed a brutal one-two before connecting with a huge uppercut as Velasquez crumbled to the canvas.

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The Cameroon-Frenchman improves his professional record to 13-3 and is now riding a two-fight win streak following his decision loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC 226.

Velasquez appeared to be in pain and in his post-fight press conference, he revealed he buckled his knee.

"The ref saw my knee buckle," he said. "His job is to make sure we're 100 percent safe, and he did that. The ref did the correct job tonight."

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"Knowing what I did the past three years and two months getting ready for this camp, I felt ready," Velasquez added.

"The octagon was the place I needed to be, and I felt great coming back. I felt great in there with him, and again, the freak accident of the knee popping out, it's frustrating.

"We'll get it all checked out. The fire's strong in me again still. I guess I've got a lot to prove, and I'm very capable of doing that.

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"We'll see what happens. I go into everything and I do it at my best ability. I feel like if I can be the best, I really won't do it, and that's not the case with this whole camp. It's just something that happened. It's frustrating more to the people out watching me. They expect a lot from me, and I expect even more from myself.

"I saw all the shots Francis was throwing. I saw his speed, and it looked a lot faster on video than being in there. Seeing his timing, I felt great. I felt like I could get inside. I turned him back to the cage, and my knee gives out."

Is a UFC heavyweight title bout next for Ngannou? Let us know if you think he deserves another shot.

Topics: Heavyweight, Fight News, UFC, MMA, Derrick Lewis

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.