Alistair Overeem dismisses Francis Ngannou’s punching-power hype as ‘fake news’ before UFC 218
Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who meets Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in Saturday’s pay-per-view co-headliner at Little Caesars Arena, posted a video in the lead-up to UFC 218 that claims he registered the hardest punch ever recorded (via Twitter):
Overeem, however, isn’t buying it.
“Fake news,” Overeem said at today’s UFC 218 open workouts. “It’s just whatever. He’s got the hardest punching power, because I didn’t punch on that (expletive) machine.”
Although Overeem doubts the authenticity of the science behind Ngannou’s striking power, he’s not doubting the surging heavyweight star’s talent inside the octagon. With just 11 fights and a little more than four years of professional training, Ngannou already has cemented himself as a title contender. Overeem has no doubts about that.
Overeem said he was pleased to get the UFC 218 matchup with Ngannou. He believes a victory will set up a rematch with current heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who he suffered a first-round knockout loss against at UFC 203 in September 2016.
Overeem said he’s eager to steal Ngannou’s momentum for himself and earn another UFC title shot.
“It’s excellent for the heavyweight division,” Overeem said. “We need these new young studs to come in and make the division more colorful. I think to make the sport you need a rich competition field. I’m very happy Francis is here. I’m very happy he has a winning streak. It’s going to make my victory even more glorious.”
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