New champion, Francis Ngannou ascended the UFC heavyweight throne thanks to his victory this Saturday over Stipe Miocic, knocked out in the second round after a devastating left hook. A coup that the Cameroonian prepared several months before with Teddy Atlas, recognized boxing trainer and former assistant to Mike Tyson’s coach.
With his devastating power, Francis Ngannou turns off the light of anyone in the octagon. But that doesn’t stop the new UFC heavyweight champion from honing his technique with the best. The proof is with a video that has gone viral in recent hours. We see the Cameroonian fighter taking the advice of Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer who has shaped many world champions, and preparing the blow – a short left hook – which allowed him to defeat Stipe Miocic this Saturday in Las Vegas during UFC 260 event to don the heavyweight crown.
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The scene takes place last September, when “The Predator” was awaiting his second chance for the belt after tearing Jairzinho Rozenstruik in twenty seconds a few months earlier. Former assistant to Cus D’Amato, historic trainer of Mike Tyson (Ngannou’s youth idol) whom he had helped prepare for future heavyweight terror in boxing during his teenage years before parting ways with the D’Amato duo- Tyson in 1982 for a dark story, Atlas adjusts the positioning of Ngannou (by asking him in particular to throw his shoulder) and explains to him that the secret of this hook is not to release it at full power but to send it short, with explosiveness and surprise effect, like what “Iron Mike” was doing in his heyday.
“It’s like having a pistol,” he explains to Francis of his natural punch. The bullet is already in the chamber. You don’t have to load it. It’s already there. ” Advice like any other? Especially not. Just look at the scenario of the victory over Miocic. After shaking him with a jab from the left, followed by an intense exchange of blows, the Cameroonian strikes the fatal blow on a short left hook that looks like two drops of water to the one taught by Atlas. Ngannou, who has everything to become a world superstar, was already scaring the entire UFC heavyweight category on his sheer power. If his technique allows him to magnify it more and more, his future opponents will experience even more complicated moments in the cage.