Ryan Garcia had beforehand by no means met his match for his loopy physique shot problem – then he met UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou.
‘The Predator’ is without doubt one of the most terrifying fighters on the planet and can hope to wrench the belt from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 this weekend.
Standing at 6ft 6ins and usually hitting the scales at across the 260lbs mark, the Cameroonian appears ready-made to imagine the title of ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ and has turn into a phenomenon since making his UFC debut in 2015.
His excellent genetics and freakish energy are just like that of boxing celebrity Garcia, who’s blessed with unimaginable velocity and the nice appears befitting a sporting celebrity.
Shortly after his first spherical knockout win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249 final yr, Ngannou and Garcia linked up for the American’s well-known ‘Physique Shot Problem’ which sees ‘The Flash’ unload a sequence of left hooks to the physique of prepared contributors as they’re decked out in a physique swimsuit.
Ngannou was maybe the primary contestant to not solely stand up to the assault, but additionally barely even flinch as Garcia continued to reign down punches and the light-weight contender was actually impressed.
“I seen his battle and I used to be like ‘this dude is the craziest particular person on this planet,’” he advised Ariel Helwani in July final yr.
“Like, he simply got here up and knocked that dude out. That was nasty.
“And that man was speaking an enormous recreation too, the opposite man. He was like, ‘He ain’t gonna beat me’. No matter.
“Once I met Francis I used to be like this dude is like Superman. This dude is large.”
Ngannou’s humble origins from his house in Batie, to the streets of Paris after which to the brilliant lights of the UFC is really inspiring.
Earlier than making his MMA debut in 2013, the 34-year-old really wished to turn into a boxer and emulate his hero, Mike Tyson.
When requested if Ngannou had what it takes to step into the squared circle, Garcia had no doubts and even likened the knockout artist to former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“I believe he has this insane energy in his hand,” he added. “He’s type of like Deontay Wilder.
“You don’t have to fret about method since you hit so laborious. That’s what I’ve seen in him.
“I believe he’s higher expert. Deontay Wilder goes loopy generally.”