The Cameroonian only made a bite of Surinamese Jairzinho Rozenstruick in Jacksonville for the return of the UFC.
After two months of arrest due to the coronavirus epidemic, the UFC returned last night to Jacksonville, Florida. In an atmosphere far removed from the usual feverish evenings of the most prestigious MMA organization since the event took place behind closed doors. This boudoir atmosphere had no negative effect on the quality of the fighting in the octagon.
Gaethje on the road to Nurmagomedov
In an impressive main event, Justin Gaethje ended Tony Ferguson’s 12-game winning streak in the 5e and last round, the referee deciding that the latter, his face bloody, had taken enough. Gaethje, who rose from a sacred uppercut of his opponent in the 2e round, becomes interim lightweight champion and is now waiting to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov, the category boss. “He’s the best in the world and I want to face him“Said the 31-year-old American about the Dagestani who faced Ferguson in this UFC 249 before the health crisis forced him to give up. The change in program did not bring luck to Ferguson, whose only loss to the UFC was in 2012.
“He is not ready to fight someone like me”
The knockout of the evening is to the credit of Francis Ngannou. A customary fact, the Cameroonian heavyweight trained at MMA in France destroyed the Surinamese Jairzinho Rozenstruick in twenty seconds on a right-left sequence. “He didn’t know what he was doing when he asked to confront me. He has potential but he’s not ready to fight someone like me“Commented the athlete who did his ranges at the MMA Factory in Paris. 3e in the category standings, Ngannou (ten wins, 2 defeats at the UFC) is still aiming for the belt that he had not managed to snatch from Stipe Miocic two years ago. Predictive, the Predator has only spent 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the octagon in its last four bouts.