Ngannou bouncing back in his last bout seemed to stave off numerous criticisms he had after two losses in a row but facing Velasquez as the ultimate proving ground to see if he was ready to contend for a title again one day soon.
As Velasquez fell to the mat, he screamed out in pain from the knee and Ngannou wasted no time following him to the ground as he blasted away with punches until the fight was stopped. "I hope you like it".
Velasquez, meanwhile, begged the crowd not to boo Ngannou after the fight, and admitted he made a tactical error that led to his defeat.
"It just kind of buckled there in those shots", Velasquez said of his knee injury in a post-fight interview. You just can not control some of the things that happen. However, Ngannou then bounced back and knocked out Curtis Blaydes in under a minute to set up this fight against Velasquez.
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"I've been waiting for this fight since two years ago because I knew I had to face the adversity of a fighter like Cain to prove myself". I'm honored to be here.
Velasquez's knee instantly blew up with swelling following the underwhelming fight that obviously failed to deliver on the hype. "That's what happened", Velasquez said about the loss.
"Man, I thought I was super ready for this fight, even coming in here, super calm and relaxed, ready to go", Velasquez said.
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"I think he should come to avenge his teammate", Ngannou said.