Curtis Blaydes vs Francis Ngannou UFC Fight Night 86 Full Fight Part 1

  • Posted on Jun 05, 2019

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ZAGREB, Croatia – Francis Ngannou gave Curtis Blaydes a rather rude welcome to the big leagues.

Ngannou’s striking damaged Blaydes’ right eye to the point it was completely closed in the second round, and though the UFC newcomer survived the frame, the cageside doctor wouldn’t let him go to the third. The result was a TKO stoppage win for Ngannou (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), and the first loss in Blaydes’ (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) career.

The heavyweight bout was part of today’s UFC Fight Night 86 main card at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Blaydes, a former junior college national champion wrestler, went for an early takedown. But Ngannou stuffed it and kept the fight standing to move Blaydes to the cage in the clinch. Ngannou landed a straight left near the midpoint of the first round to wobble Blaydes, but the newcomer responded with a leg kick. Ngannou took Blaydes off his feet with a left, but Blaydes quickly recovered to get back to his feet in the clinch. With a minute left, Blaydes powered through and got a solid takedown, but Ngannou got back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the frame.

Blaydes threw some winging punches in the second, which allowed Ngannou to throw some kicks. But two minutes in, Blaydes got inside and got a takedown. Ngannou, though, was right back up without much problem and tied Blaydes hup in the clinch. Blaydes’ right eye was nearly completely closed from earlier punches, and Ngannou took his time trying to find ways to keep picking him apart.

By the time Blaydes headed to his stool before the third round, the cageside doctor wanted to take a close look at his eye, and with it swollen shut, he shut the fight down for the TKO victory for Ngannou, who now has won his first two UFC fights.

“I’m very happy with the victory and I proved today that I’m not just a striker or a boxer like people think,” Ngannou said. “I showed people today what I can do and proved that I’m an MMA fighter.”

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